Early Treatment

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In the past, orthodontic treatment was often postponed until after eruption of all the permanent teeth. We now know that many orthodontic problems are better treated earlier in childhood by utilizing the growth that takes place in younger children.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected. Although treatment may not begin at this young age, Dr. LeCompte may elect to monitor your child's dental development. Early detection greatly reduces the need for removal of permanent teeth.

Treatment is sometimes recommended for younger children and because children are usually enthusiastic and cooperative, total treatment time is often reduced. Orthodontic results are often achieved which would not otherwise be possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing. It is similar to correction of club feet, a curved spine or bowed legs. The skeletal/bone correction is more appropriately accomplished at a younger age (and is not correctable after growth completion).

Benefits of Early Treatment

The benefits of early treatment include:

  • Influence jaw growth in a positive manner.
  • Harmonize width of the dental arches.
  • Improve eruption patterns.
  • Lower risking trauma to protruded upper incisors.
  • Correct harmful oral habits.
  • Improve esthetics and self -esteem.
  • Simplify and shorten treatment time for later orthodontic procedures.
  • Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.
  • Preserve or gain space for erupting teeth.

Early orthodontic screening can lead to simple, more effective treatment or, at least, greater peace of mind.