Early Interceptive Treatment:
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receives his or her first orthodontic screening by age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems and correct them before they become more serious. A timely orthodontic examination can determine if treatment is necessary and the optimal time to be treated. This will save you and your child time and money by preventing future problems before they begin.
Early interceptive treatment can reduce the length of comprehensive treatment or even eliminate later treatment all together, Prevent crowding of permanent teeth, Correct skeletal problems (crossbites, overbites, underbites), and Guide or modify facial growth.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM EARLY TREATMENT
Children 7 to 9 years old with severe crowding
Narrowed upper jaw with or without cross bite
Open bite cases involving habits such as thumb sucking, or forward tongue posture (tongue thrust), or mouth breathing
Class II cases with large overjet (overbite) and protrusion of the upper front teeth
Class III cases involving over growth of the lower jaw or underdevelopment of the upper jaw
By addressing these orthodontic problems, early treatment can help prevent the need for permanent tooth extractions, surgery and more serious complications.
To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, schedule your free consultation.