Early detection is the key to preventing more serious problems from developing, and may make treatment at a later stage shorter or less complicated.
Read below about the benefits of early treatment.
In accordance with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. The first adult molars generally begin coming in by age of 7, which establishes the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships.
BENEFITS OF EARLY TREATMENT
- The ability to influence jaw growth to increase facial symmetry
- Reducing the need to extract permanent teeth to achieve optimal orthodontic results
- Lowering the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correction of harmful oral habits
- Improvement to the width of the smile
- The ability to guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position by creating room for erupting teeth
- Improvement in the way the lips meet
- Reducing the time needed for future orthodontic treatment
Metal/traditional braces are still the most popular type of braces, and due to advanced technology and methods, they are more comfortable than ever before. The only early treatment option is traditional braces, but there are additional treatment options with adolescent and adult braces.
The Herbst® appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about 12-15 months.
The palatal orthodontic expander widens your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression. Click Here to watch an instructional video on how to turn your jaw expander.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.