The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child get their first orthodontic screening around age 7. This age allows for time for the permanent teeth to have emerged and for the jaw to still be in a developmental stage. Addressing an issue while the bones are still growing and the bite is developing can actually prevent potential problems from occurring. This is known as interceptive orthodontics and it can prevent more treatments needed at an older age. Having a properly aligned bite is important at any age; if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cabal in Fort Worth, TX.
Timing is Everything
As mentioned above, an orthodontic screening at the age of 7 allows for enough permanent teeth to have emerged while the jaw is still in a growing stage. If a potential problem or abnormality is discovered at this age, there can be treatments done to curb the issue. Although, orthodontic treatment can be important at any age, it can be easier and more straightforward in the earlier, developmental years.
Benefits of Early Treatment
Undergoing orthodontic treatment while the bones are still growing allows for the orthodontist to leverage the bone growth. This means that rather than fight against a developmental issue that was allowed to occur, the growth itself can be properly managed. Imagine it like growing a tomato plant against a lattice. The vines can be moved later, but it can be easier to just set them up to grow the right way in the first place. Interceptive treatment can lower the risks associated with a misaligned bite, such as tooth decay and gum disease. While not all orthodontic issues can be treated at an early age, it is best to at least get a screening to get a full picture.
Children’s orthodontics can help prevent later issues
Orthodontic treatment at an early age may mean fewer treatments later in life.To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Ft. Worth, White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.