When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Though Dr. Kubik can improve a smile at any stage in life, sometimes it is most beneficial to begin treatment at an earlier age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist by age 7 or at the first sign of orthodontic problems. At this young age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but early evaluation helps Dr. Kubik determine when is the best time to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Intervention at a young age can guide growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Kubik can carefully monitor growth and development to begin treatment when it is ideal.

What are signs my child may need orthodontic treatment?

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Missing teeth

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of early treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

How can orthodontic treatment help my child?

Orthodontics does much more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you! According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated orthodontic problems can result in a variety of issues. Crowded teeth, protruding teeth, crossbites, and openbites increase the chances for tooth decay and gum disease, as well as accidental chipping of teeth, speech impediments, and unfavorable growth patterns. Early orthodontic intervention can help your child avoid a wide range of teeth and jaw problems.

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