Early Orthodontic Treatment

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Knierim OrthodonticsThough an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur 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 begin treatment.

Why is age 7 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.

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics are 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.

Interceptive Treatment

Heredity, habits, growth development, tooth size and eruption patterns, etc., may affect not only the relationship of the jaws but the position of the teeth. Obviously, your child's appearance, smile, ability to chew, swallow and speak properly will also be affected. Children grow rapidly so with the parent's awareness and early evaluation by your dentist, interceptive treatment can result in balancing the relationship of the jaws and guide the erupting permanent teeth.