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Though Concord, CA Orthodontist Dr. Aurora Patino, DDS can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.
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 vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, East Bay Orthodontist Dr. Aurora Patino can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist 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 gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
Children who have problems with their teeth will not outgrow them, nor will their teeth "just take care of themselves". Teeth that are crooked or overlapping will stay that way and be difficult to clean, which can lead to bacteria growth and gum disease.
Bites that need correcting will cause difficulty in biting or chewing as time goes on. Teeth that are not aligned correctly may wear the enamel more quickly which exposes the teeth to more damage. In addition, a beautiful smile will enhance a person's appearance in the long term. Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Dr. Aurora Patino, DDS and her team of trained professionals have been happily providing orthodontics in Concord for many years and many more to come. We would be happy to help with your oral health needs. Please contact us to set up an appointment. Read some of Dr. Patino's recent patient reviews on our Google+ page or like us on our Facebook page.