Early Treatment

s-braces3Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is often an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time can help to ensure the best results and the lease amount of time and expense. An initial orthodontic assessment should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems, which is often at around 9 years old. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but a thorough examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. 

Early assessment provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention, which may involve a short course of treatment with a relatively simple brace, can sometimes prevent or reduce orthodontics problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal. 

Some possible benefits of early treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Positively influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth 
  • Correction of crossbites.