At what age should a child first visit the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that most children have an orthodontic screening by age 7. Esta proyección permite Dr. Jenkins para determinar si se requerirá tratamiento ortodóncico y la mejor época para el paciente a tratar. Many of the dentists in our community have been trained to identify orthodontic problems early, and may refer you to our office earlier than age 7.
Why are children being evaluated at such an early age?
Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favorable position, preserve space for permanent teeth, and reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth.
If early treatment is indicated, Dr. Jenkins puede guiar el crecimiento de la mandíbula y los dientes permanentes entrantes. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. En otras palabras, early treatment can simplify later treatment, after all the permanent teeth erupt.
Does early treatment benefit all children?
Early treatment does not necessarily benefit all children. Certain types of orthodontic problems can be more easily and efficiently corrected in the teen years when all the permanent teeth have erupted. Some skeletal orthodontic problems should not be addressed until growth is more advanced or completed. El doctor desarrolla un plan de tratamiento basado en las necesidades individuales de cada niño. If the doctor decides the patient is not ready for treatment, se colocan en nuestro programa de observación ortodoncia.
What is the Orthodontic Observation Program?
The orthodontic observation program is for patients who are not ready for treatment and have been placed on recall. This program enables us to monitor the eruptive pattern of the permanent teeth. A veces, patrones pobre erupción de dientes permanentes pueden eliminarse con una retirada temprana de los dientes de bebé y reducen el tiempo de tratamiento requerido para frenos. We will notify your general dentist of any recommendations made during your visit. Normalmente atendemos a pacientes en memoria cada 6 months to observe their progress as they grow. There is no fee for this program and it helps the orthodontist determine the optimum time to begin treatment and achieve the best possible result for your child.
In addition to a beautiful new smile, what are some other benefits of orthodontic treatment?
Braces can improve function of the bite and teeth, improve ability to clean the teeth, prevent wear on the teeth, and increase the longevity of natural teeth over a lifetime.
If a child has treatment early, will this prevent the need for braces as an adolescent?
Early treatment can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent more severe problems from developing, and simplify future treatment. Because all of the permanent teeth have not yet erupted when early treatment is performed, their final alignment may not have been corrected. Por lo general, a shortened comprehensive phase of treatment (Phase II – full braces) in the teen years, after all the permanent teeth have erupted, completes the correction. In some circumstances, however, further orthodontic treatment may not be indicated.
Do we still need to see our family dentist during orthodontic treatment?
Patients with braces and other orthodontic appliances require more effort to keep their teeth and gums clean. Because we want to insure the highest level of dental health, we recommend that you see your family dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings every 6 months during treatment.