encourages all parents to bring their children in for an early orthodontic evaluation. Even if Dr. Kuhlberg
determines it is too early for treatment, he and his staff will be able to determine when your child will be ready and when treatment should commence. Early orthodontic care can be a huge advantage for the future of your child’s oral health. Please read below to find answers to any early treatment questions you might have. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us
at our Avon, CT office!
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expenses. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, however vigilant examination can anticipate the best time to begin treatment.
How will early orthodontic evaluation benefit my child?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Cautious intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why age 7?
By the time a child turns 7, the first molars erupt, thus establishing the back bite. This is an ideal time for orthodontists to evaluate front-to-back and side-to-tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an amazing smile earlier in your child’s life.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Early interceptive treatment can prevent many possible future problems. Some of the most direct results are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
- Preventative measure for malocclusions (bad bites)
What are malocclusions and why should they be treated?
Malocclusions are bad bites that can occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions can affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems including:
- Accidental chipping due to protruding teeth
- Unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear due to crossbites
- Tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments due to openbites
- Tooth decay and/or gum disease due to the difficulty of cleaning crowded teeth
The earlier you bring your child into our office, the earlier we can determine the best course of action and begin orthodontic treatment. Dr. Kuhlberg and his staff are trained and skilled to work with children and provide a friendly, caring atmosphere that children and their parents can feel comfortable in. If a member of your family is in need of an orthodontic examination, give our office a call, or just stop by! We also offer Adult Orthodontic Treatment and Adult Braces including Invisalign removable aligners. We also help patients in the surrounding communities of Farmington Valley, Canton, West Hartford and Bloomfield, Connecticut.