Is it ever too early for orthodontic treatment? Yes, but what constitutes too early will depend on the patient. While most of our Windy Hill braces patients are teens and adults, some of our patients are younger children.
Here at Dopazo Orthodontics, we do not opt for early treatment without just cause. This treatment is only considered in cases where orthodontic problems are severe enough that significant intervention will be needed to correct them if we fail to use early treatment. Therefore, if we suggest that your child be one of our younger Jacksonville braces patients, it is only because we feel like this will help your child in the long run.
Catching Problems Early
Would your child benefit from becoming one of our Neptune Beach braces patients? To know, we need to examine your son or daughter. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child see an orthodontist right around his or her 7th birthday. This is the ideal age for picking up on signs of problems and correcting them before significant interventions are needed. It saves your child difficult treatments and will save you time and money.
The First Visit
During the initial evaluation, we will determine if your child is a good candidate to become one of our youngest Deerwood braces patients. We will look for any issues that could require early treatment, such as significant crowding, open bite, overbite, and gummy smiles. It is likely that your child will not need to become one of our Point Verda Beach braces patients, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
What Early Orthodontic Treatment Involves
The specifics of early orthodontic treatment vary between our Windy Hill braces patients. It can involve numerous removable and fixed appliances. Some of the common goals of early orthodontic treatment are to provide more room for crowded teeth, preserving space for teeth that have yet to emerge, manipulating jaw growth to create facial symmetry, and reducing the length or invasiveness of treatment later on in life. The ultimate goal is to make certain that their experience as a Jacksonville braces patient is as simple and painless as possible.
The benefits of early interceptive orthodontic treatment have been proven by researchers, as well as in the results of our own Neptune Beach braces patients. Children who require and receive this treatment usually avoid significant interventions later in life, such as tooth extraction and jaw surgery. As we said before, this is not treatment we recommend without reason, so if we feel it would be best for your child to become one of our Deerwood braces patients, it is because we feel it will save your child a lot of discomfort later in life.
So, should your child be one of our Point Verda Beach braces patients? Schedule their initial consultation and find out!