Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Earlier The Better

When people think of braces they usually associate them with teenagers, but did you know that children should really be seen by an Orthodontist as early as age 7 for an evaluation?

We know 7 may sound way too early to be thinking about braces, but  the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontist by the time they reach age 7. Early diagnosis and treatment by Dr. Wadhwa can help guide facial development and tooth eruption, thereby preventing more serious problems from occurring later in your child's life. A benefit of treating children during these early growth stages is that it allows Dr. Wadhwa to achieve results that may not be possible once facial bones have fully developed.

A initial check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine or it may determine that early treatment is indicated to prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing as Dr. Wadhwa can detect subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only Dr. Wadhwa can detect.

Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you will be giving your child the best opportunity for a beautiful, healthy smile. Even if your child is older than 7 it's not too late for a check-up, especially if you or your family dentist notice a problem.

All patients are different in both physiological development and treatment needs, at Morristown Orthodontics, our goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.

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