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When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Susanville Dental Specialties treats patients of all ages, and a patient can seek treatment at any age if so desired. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the ideal age for initial treatment is seven, or at the first sign of orthodontic problems. Initiating treatment at a young age ensures that your child receives efficient and effective care while simultaneously limiting the time and cost of treatment.

Orthodontic treatment may or may not be necessary at an early age, but an initial examination helps the doctor determine a child’s optimal time for treatment. The first adult molars erupt, forming a back bite around age seven in most patients. An initial examination allows the doctor to evaluate tooth relationships from every angle in your child’s mouth. For example, the emergence of erupting incisors may signal the development of an overbite, an open bite, teeth crowding, or a gummy smile. Taking your child for a screening increases the probability of a beautiful smile and lowers treatment expenses!

What are the potential benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

  • Timely detection of problems before they can become serious
  • Greater opportunity for more effective treatment
  • Guides teeth growth and development
  • Careful monitoring
  • Option to lower the cost of treatment

Is your child a candidate for early orthodontic care?

Orthodontics will not only improve the aesthetics of your child’s smile, but orthodontic treatment will also prevent and fix any bad bite. Bad bites often result from tooth or jaw misalignment, affecting how children smile, chew, clean their teeth or feel about their smiles.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

We have listed some of the most direct effects of interceptive treatment here:

  • Creation of room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Formation of facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Risk reduction of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Space preservation for unerupted teeth
  • Chances of tooth removal decrease
  • Shorten braces treatment time

Book An Appointment Today!

Contact us at (530) 257-4455 to schedule an appointment! By calling Susanville Dental Specialties today, you will be helping your child take the first step to a beautiful and healthier smile. We enjoy treating our younger patients while also taking pride in helping them achieve the smile of their dreams. Conveniently serving Susanville, California, our office also provides orthodontic assistance to surrounding communities. We look forward to your visit!