Early Treatment

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We recommend the first orthodontic check-up to occur about 7-8 years of age or when the permanent incisors begin to appear. At this time, Dr. Elfman can detect developing orthodontic situations and can plan the best approach for their correction. Certain conditions respond best to early intervention, before all the permanent teeth are present. This will prevent additional complication and improve the child’s growth and development. Other conditions can be monitored and corrected more efficiently and economically later, closer to the time when all the permanent teeth are in the mouth. Dr. Elfman’s background in pediatric dentistry allows him to offer greater insight to the specialized care for children.

The results of early intervention are dramatic and impressive. The child’s self-confidence increases, which can lead to greater success in many aspects of their lives.

Common Reasons for Early Orthodontic Treatment

  1. Young patients cooperate with treatment very well!
  2. Your child’s teeth will function better.
  3. Brushing and flossing is much easier when teeth are properly aligned.
  4. Since your child’s smile will be more aesthetically pleasing, his or her self-confidence will improve.
  5. If your child has buck teeth (protruding front teeth), having them properly aligned will prevent fracture.
  6. Interceptive orthodontic treatment creates more space for permanent teeth to erupt. With early treatment, the likelihood of removing permanent teeth decreases.
  7. Younger patients are more compliant with wearing headgear, as opposed to older teenage patients. Therefore, jaw problems are easier to fix when patients are kids.
  8. Early treatment can be used to influence jaw growth to create facial symmetry.
  9. Early treatment can reduce the overall treatment time a patient spends in braces.
  10. Orthodontic treatment while a patient is younger may make it easier for the patient to speak with braces.
  11. Early treatment allows for better chewing, eating and digestion.
  12. We can fix harmful oral habits with early orthodontic treatment.
  13. Interceptive orthodontics can create the correct balance of lips and gums.
  14. Early orthodontics facilitates improved growth and development of facial structures.

More Information to Consider Regarding Early Orthodontic Treatment

  1. Typically, a second phase of orthodontic treatment is needed after early interceptive treatment. During the second phase, all permanent teeth are in braces. This second phase requires a separate fee.
  2. Undergoing both phases of orthodontic treatment requires more office visits over more years.
  3. The total cost of orthodontic treatment is obviously higher if you choose both phases of orthodontic treatment.

It’s imperative that parents understand the reasons behind early interceptive orthodontic treatment. Please know that it’s easier to fix a problem early before it has time to fully develop!

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