Eastside Braces for Teens may Follow Early Treatment
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A beautiful smile and good dental health make a difference in your child’s well-being and self-confidence. While braces for teens are more common, early intervention can pave the way for a better final outcome as your child continues to grow and develop.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends your child’s first visit to the orthodontist to take place by age 7. Here's why:
- Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present
- While your child's teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect
- A check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine. Or, the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child's growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
- Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
- Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:
- Guide Jaw Growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips, and face
- Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you'll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.
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