Early Treatment


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First Stop on Your Smile Destination

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child see an orthodontist by the age of 7. At this age, an orthodontist can identify subtle issues with jaw growth and erupting permanent teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are identified early, especially if your child has a thumb sucking or pacifier habit.

Early evaluation can provide both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems in appropriate cases. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

In most cases, early intervention will not be necessary, except for careful monitoring of your child’s dental development. This will give you peace of mind when it’s not clear to you whether an issue you see is really a problem or just a stage of development that doesn’t require intervention.

What is Early Treatment?

Early treatment can be offered following an early evaluation of your child’s mouth. Early treatment means early detection of problems, and greater opportunity for more successful outcomes.

Orthodontic intervention monitors growth and development, reducing serious problems later. If the evaluation reveals early orthodontic intervention is unnecessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor and track growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal for the patient.

Signs of Orthodontic Problems

At Hamer & Glassick Orthodontics, we believe early orthodontic care can be a significant advantage for the future of your child’s oral health. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, early indicators that your child may need orthodontic treatment include:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb/finger sucking or other oral habits
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude, or are recessed
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth

Benefits of Early Treatment

Just as detecting tooth decay early means less drilling; identifying malocclusions or bite problems means less orthodontic intervention. There are many benefits to early orthodontic treatment. Some of the most direct results of early “interceptive” treatment include:

  • Creating space for crowded, erupting permanent teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Decreasing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces
  • Improved self-esteem & increased self-confidence

Parent’s Guide to Orthodontics

Is it time for your child or teen to get braces? Maybe you’ve noticed them having difficulty speaking clearly, or even the front teeth sticking out due to a long-gone thumb sucking habit. When it comes to your son or daughter getting braces, let this information from the American Association of Orthodontists serve as your guide to what every parent can expect.

Topics Covered:

  • Orthodontic Consultations for Kids
  • Orthodontist vs. Family Dentist
  • Early Intervention
  • How Long Will My Child Wear Braces
  • Treatment Costs
  • Will Our Dental Insurance Cover My Child’s Treatment?
  • Glossary of Terms
  • And More
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