Why Do Orthodontists Recommend Children Be Evaluated By Age Seven?
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 you’re looking for orthodontic braces in North Kingstown, RI or surrounding areas, we’d be happy to assist you!
If early treatment is indicated, Dr. Mattioli can guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth. 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. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment, after all the permanent teeth erupt.
Does Early Treatment Benefit All Children?
Early treatment doesn’t 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 shouldn’t be addressed until growth is more advanced or completed. The doctors develop a plan for treatment based on each individual child’s needs. If the doctor decides the patient isn’t ready for treatment, they’re placed on our orthodontic supervisory program.
What Is the Orthodontic Supervisory Program?
The orthodontic supervisory program is for patients who aren’t ready for treatment and have been placed on recall. This program enables us to monitor the eruptive pattern of their permanent teeth. Sometimes, poor erupted patterns of permanent teeth may be eliminated with early removal of baby teeth and reduce the treatment time required for braces. We’ll notify your general dentist of any recommendations made during your visit.
We normally see the patients on recall every 6-8 months to observe their progress as they grow. There’s 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 the function of the bite and teeth, improve the 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. Since all of the permanent teeth have not yet erupted when early treatment is performed, their final alignment may not have been corrected. Typically, a shortened comprehensive phase of treatment (Phase II – full braces) in the teen years, after all the permanent teeth have erupted, completes the correction. However, in some circumstances, 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. Since we want to ensure the highest level of dental health, we recommend you see your family dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings every six months during treatment.