Children's Braces Tallahassee

When Should My Child Begin Orthodontic Treatment?

Braces are a fantastic way to improve a person's smile and self-esteem at any age. By age 7 the first of the adult molars erupt which establishes the back-bite. During this critical development time our orthodontist can evaluate the tooth relationships and discover potential problems. Though treatment may not be necessary at this time, the American Association of Orthodontists urges parents to take this first step. A timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile. Prudent intervention also guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later on.

What Is Interceptive Treatment & How Can It Help?

Interceptive orthodontic treatment refers to catching problems early on and taking the necessary steps to prepare the mouth for later treatment. Some of the direct results include:

  • Creating room for crowded and erupting teeth.
  • Reducing the need for removing teeth later on.
  • Reducing treatment time for children needing braces.
  • Influencing jaw development to create facial symmetry.
  • Reducing potential trauma to protruding front teeth.
What Major Problems Can Be Avoided With Early Treatment?

Malocclusions: This misalignment of the teeth occurs as a result of the incorrect relation between the two dental arches. This condition can affect the way you chew, smile and clean your teeth. Malocclusions can result in a variety of problems including crowded teeth, protruding teeth, cross-bites, open-bites and more. Any one of these problems can make proper brushing and flossing more difficult, contributing to both tooth decay and gum disease.

Contact Burch Orthodontics today for your initial early consultation. Your child will be in wonderful hands and you will know what treatments may be necessary. Schedule your complimentary consultation today by completing the short form on our site or calling our office at (850) 877-1692.

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