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. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but early examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
If early treatment is indicated, using growth modiﬁcation techniques will help guide the development of the face and jaws will reduce the need of extractions and surgery for the patient. Early interceptive treatment can have a life changing effect and can correct problems that might require more invasive approaches later in life. Based on the patient’s needs, we will determine what type of early treatment would be best suited for them and their lifestyle.
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment 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
- Improving functionality