Best time to begin orthodontics.
Earlwood Orthodontics can enhance a smile at any age but there is an optimal time period to begin treatment, what we know as Early Treatment. Beginning treatment during this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends that an initial orthodontic evaluation occurs at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to commence treatment.
Benefits of early orthodontic evaluation.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Age 7 is considered the optimal time for screening.
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
Advantages of interceptive treatment.
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth.
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth.
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth.
- Preserving space for expected teeth.
- Reducing the need for tooth removal.
- Reducing treatment time with braces.
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile. Orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the Australian Society of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Cross bites can result in unfavourable growth and uneven tooth wear. Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make the perfect smile, it creates a healthier you.
Call us on (02) 8426 9000
for an initial consultation and we will determine the best time for treatment, outlining the treatment plan, the treatment duration and the approximate cost for the treatment.