An orthodontic exam can be beneficial at any age, but like most things in life, the earlier you start the process, the better. Early treatment in orthodontics basically refers to the “optimal time” for an initial orthodontics evaluation. According to the American Society of Orthodontics, this optimal time is no later than age 7, when the first adult molars begin to erupt. Although orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this age, early vigilance can help anticipate future problems.
What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontics Treatment?
Not only can early evaluation provide timely detection of problems, but it can also enhance the chances of better, more effective treatment. We can use the information to guide the growth and development of our patients’ teeth. With early orthodontics treatment, we can do the following:
- Create room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Create facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserve space for teeth that have yet to erupt
- Reduce the need to remove teeth
- Reduce treatment time with braces