Age 7 - An Important Visit
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist at age 7. This may surprise you because orthodontic treatment is generally associated with adolescence.
The Benefits of Early Diagnosis
Skeletal (jaw), dental and/or functional problems can be easily identified at an early age. It is estimated that 80% of our facial growth is completed by eight years of age. An early exam allows Drs. Conlon & Thompson to determine how and when a child's particular jaw and/or dental problems should be corrected for the optimal results.
An early orthodontic examination (7-10 years) does not always result in immediate treatment. After evaluating your child, we may advise to postpone any braces and simply want to monitor your child periodically while the permanent teeth erupt and the jaws and face continue to develop.
Bad Bites Don't Just Go Away
Most of the orthodontic problems have been present since early childhood. People don't "outgrow" orthodontic problems, but instead they usually get progressively worse over time.
Early Treatment & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Skeletal (jaw) problems, functional problems and significant dental problems are best treated at an early age (7-10 years) while growth is plentiful. At this early age, various types of dentofacial orthopedics can be used to alter or reshape the jaws and supporting bone to a more normal jaw relationship. An improved structural foundation can be established, which provides space for the larger erupting permanent teeth.
Because children are actively growing, they can benefit enormously from some early dentofacial orthopedics and limited treatment. Most of the young patients are very excited about orthodontic treatment and therefore, the level of compliance and cooperation is even greater than with the older teenagers.