Early Treatment


When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first see an orthodontist at age 7, or even earlier if the parent or family dentist discovers a problem.  This is the time when the first permanent teeth are growing in and the child's jaw development can be assessed.  The tiiming of orthdontic treatment is extremely important and greatly affects the end result.  Since no two patients are alike, there is not one specific age that is best to begin treatment for everyone.  Our initial exam allows us to evaluate the teeth and jaws and develop a specific plan for your child. 

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

If a problem is diagnosed early, orthodontic treatment can be used to guide facial growth and tooth development to prevent more serious problems from occurring.  If treatment is needed, Dr. Campbell's goal is always to reduce overall treatment time and provide the best and most stable result possible.  If treatment is not needed, we will monitor the child's growth and recommend beginning treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars have grown in, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Campbell can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or asymmetry. Timely screening increases the chances for great dental health and an incredible smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth (allows good bone and gum support and easier access for brushing and flossing)
  • Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Preventing jaw shifting and realated bite problems (TMD)
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for teeth that have not grown in
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Braces for kids can make a huge positive impact in certain cases.  A beautiful smile and good dental health make a difference in your child's well-being and self-confidence.

To schedule a complimentary examination for your child, please contact us today.