Austin, TX – The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist for the first time around the age of seven. While this might conjure up an image of elementary aged children running around with braces, that isn’t necessarily the case. But beginning a relationship with an orthodontist at a young age can be very beneficial.
“Chances are good that your child may not need anything done at the age of seven,” says Austin orthodontist Dr. Chris Stansbury. “But, some children can benefit greatly from what we call early interceptive orthodontic treatment. While you are never too old to get a straighter smile, it is always easier to work with a growing mouth and jaw to get the best results.”
Scheduling an appointment when your child is around the age of seven allows your orthodontist to look for any problems that may arise as your child gets older, and make a plan, if necessary, to intercept these issues by guiding the growth and development of the jaw and mouth. This can in turn make any future treatment easier and more effective.
Here are five things early interceptive treatment can help with:
- Ensure there is adequate room for crowded, erupting permanent teeth
- Guide jaw growth to ensure facial symmetry
- Reduce the risk of trauma associated with protruding front teeth
- Preserve space for permanent teeth that have not yet erupted
- Reduce or eliminate the need to remove permanent teeth
“Quite frankly, early interceptive treatment allows us to create the best functioning smiles, in the most efficient way possible,” says Dr. Chris. “Younger children have the advantage of a growing jaw that can be guided to ensure there is enough room for all of the permanent teeth to be spaced properly. If we can do the necessary work of getting the jaw and mouth ready beforehand, we can reduce the amount of time your child ultimately spends in braces.”
Early interceptive orthodontic treatment helps children who have orthodontic issues that, if left untreated, will lead to more serious issues in the future. The goal is to reduce the severity of the issue so that future orthodontic treatment can be less involved and more effective.
If your child is seven or older and has not yet had a complimentary appointment with an orthodontist, schedule one with Dr. Chris at Wired Orthodontics today by calling 512-258-6979.