Plymouth Orthodontics

Plymouth Orthodontics

When should my child see an orthodontist?

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What is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Years ago dentists thought that orthodontics was only possible after all the permanent teeth were in, or around 12 to 13 years of age. We now know that this is not true, and in many cases waiting until all teeth have erupted may be too late or may make treatment more difficult.

While Plymouth Orthodontics can improve smiles at any age, there is usually a best age to begin treatment to achieve maximum improvement with a minimum amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that a child’s first visit to an orthodontist take place when an orthodontic problem is first detected. In all cases, the AAO recommends that every child visit an orthodontist by no later than age 7. Although interceptive orthodontic treatment is not always indicated, careful observation can establish the best timing of orthodontic care for your child.

What are the benefits of early screening?

Early screening not only provides timely detection of orthodontic problems, it presents more opportunities to provide effective orthodontic treatment. Timely intervention can greatly guide growth and development and prevent more serious problems from occurring. For example, careful removal of selected primary (baby) teeth can temporarily borrow space for successful eruption of adult teeth. When interceptive treatment is not needed, Plymouth Orthodontics can carefully monitor the growth and development of your child and begin treatment at the appropriate time. Either way, a timely screening will give you the peace of mind that gives us all something to smile about.

Why is age 7 an ideal time for screening?

What are the advantages of early treatment?

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What early warning signs may indicate your child should have an orthodontic examination?

Since children are growing rapidly, they can benefit enormously from the first phase of orthodontic treatment because specific appliances can be prescribed that direct the growth of their upper and lower jaws toward an ideal relationship. Thus, a good foundation can be established providing adequate room for eruption of all the permanent teeth.