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Orthodontics For Kids

When Is the Best Time for Orthodontic Treatment?

Although orthodontic treatment can be performed at any age, it is often highly suggested to seek advice at a young age. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), initial evaluation should begin after the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than the age of seven. During this time, there may not be a need for additional treatments other than a regular cleaning, but is a good idea to keep up examinations in order to prevent issues in the future.

Why is screening optimal at the age of seven?

The first adult molars erupt by the age of seven, which can establish the back bite. At this time, the orthodontist checks the relationships of the teeth from front-to-back and side-to-side in order ensure proper development. This is an opportune time to detect an overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smile, which will determine the most appropriate treatment. Early detection can help a patient maintain a brilliant, healthy smile.

How May I benefit from Early Orthodontic Evaluation?

Monitoring the dental structure at an early age can provide the patient with a better chance of preventing serious problems later. Dr. Sands can carefully evaluate the teeth, guide growth and development, and suggest any necessary treatment. However, because the patient's progress has been followed, treatments may be less extensive than when left unmonitored.

Some of the benefits of early treatment include:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Am I an ideal candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is not only performed to improve the aesthetics of a smile, but also to improve bad bites ("malocclusions"). When the jaw and teeth are misaligned, malocclusion can occur. This can affect the patient's smile, how he/she chews, cleans the teeth, and/or feels about his/her smile.

How will I benefit from treating malocclusions?

According to the AAO, malocclusions that are left untreated may cause a variety of issues. When teeth are crowded, it can become more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Additionally, teeth that are protruding are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear can result from crossbites, where as tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments are often caused from openbites. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a beautiful smile--it creates a healthier one.

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Kevin B. Sands, DDS
Beverly Hills Orthodontist
414 North Camden Drive, Suite 940
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tel. (310) 273-0111
Fax (310) 271-0584