What Is Early Treatment?
Throughout your child’s life, there will be a wide variety of firsts: first haircut, first car, first day of school. One first you should never miss is your child’s first visit to the orthodontist. Early treatment is the key.
The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends all children receive an orthodontic screening by age seven. By getting a screening at an early age, orthodontists are able to identify potential problem areas, and work to avoid or mitigate any future issues through early treatment.
Bubon Orthodontics provides a first free consultation for your six or seven year old child to see if they will need early treatment. By observing the positioning and alignment of the child’s jaw and teeth, we are able to predict and prepare for any potential orthodontic complications and decide if early treatment would be beneficial.
Aside from helping you understand the potential orthodontic treatments your child could need, early treatment allows orthodontists to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Correct harmful habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip wedging)
- Improve appearance and self-esteem
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
By reviewing potential orthodontic problems at an early age, early treatment, a two-phase remedy, helps to guide the growth of developing jaw and teeth placement. A good foundation can be laid that provides adequate room for permanent teeth eruption and decrease the amount of time braces are needed.
If a potential problem is discovered, Phase-1 goes into effect. The treatment occurs when some of the baby teeth are still present and the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth. The width of the upper and lower dental arches are regulated, space is created for permanent teeth, thumb-sucking side-effects are corrected, and abnormal swallowing or speech problems can be eliminated. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
Phase-2 occurs after all the permanent teeth have erupted. When the permanent teeth have come in, usually from age 12-14, complete braces are placed for final alignment and detailing of the bite. This phase of treatment usually lasts from 12 – 18 months and is quicker and easier on the patient.
Isaiah, a patient at Bubon Orthodontics, has just finished his first phase of early treatment.
When ten year-old Isaiah came in for a free consultation with Bubon Orthodontics last year, it was determined that he needed early treatment for an under bite and small jaw. He was fitted with an expander and soon after had braces on the top, front eight teeth.
Isaiah’s mother Antonia could see a difference in her son right away. Antonia said her son used to talk with a hand over his mouth. “In a short amount of time with the expander, I could see his confidence growing already.”
Isaiah had stopped putting his hand over his mouth while he was still using the expander. When his braces were put on, Isaiah proudly brought attention to his mouth. “Isaiah loved picking out the colored rubber bands. His teeth had already changed so much, and the confidence he gained was worth the time and money we invested.”
Now finished with Phase-1, Bubon Orthodontics will continue to observe Isaiah as his final baby teeth fall out and recommend options for Phase-2 if necessary.
A Healthful Investment
Because of her investment in Isaiah’s early treatment, Antonia and her son are minimizing future issues that could have followed. If you wait for your child’s teeth to completely erupt before seeking consultation, he or she may stay in braces for longer periods of time or require adult tooth extraction or jaw surgery.
When braces are avoided altogether, there may be health issues later in life.
Not only is early treatment beneficial for your child’s health and well-being, but it brings on confidence; in Isaiah’s case, he became less preoccupied with what others may think of his teeth and felt comfortable being himself.
Children getting treated with braces are part of the norm these days – treatment has become more socially acceptable, and even a milestone in childhood. Invisalign and WildSmiles are alternatives to the traditional braces that help patients get excited and feel more comfortable with their treatment.
It’s important to note that early treatment will not solve every orthodontic problem; every patient is unique. However, early treatment can help prevent and diminish many issues that would appear later in life and would need surgical help to correct.
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