Early Treatment

Local Orland Park & Tinley Park Orthodontist

Here at the practice of orthodontist, Dr. Thomas Sonneveld, we have been helping children, teens, and adults in Orland Park and Tinley Park achieve their dream smiles. We stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies for orthodontic care and treatments, like Invisalign. Dr. Sonneveld works together with his trained team to effectively help each patient by addressing their specific needs. We know that orthodontic treatment can be quite intimidating, so we strive to maintain a friendly and welcoming environment for our patients. Receiving orthodontic treatment is important for a person’s overall health and self-esteem. Learn more about the benefits of early orthodontic treatment below.

When Should My Child Get Braces?

According to The American Association of Orthodontics, your child should undergo an orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of an orthodontic problem or once they are 7 years of age. By the age of 7, your child’s teeth should have fully erupted, making it easier for Dr. Sonneveld to conduct a more accurate analysis. It is important to bring your child in for orthodontic care early or as soon as a problem arises in order to achieve the greatest results from the treatment in the least amount of time.

Benefits Of Early Orthodontics

Early orthodontic treatment makes it easier for Dr. Sonneveld to thoroughly evaluate your child’s orthodontic health. He will be able to recognize and evaluate your child’s issues or any potential problems. Early intervention can prevent more intensive and costly treatments in the future. Benefits of early orthodontic treatment also include:

  • More room for crowded or erupting teeth
  • Shorter length of treatment time
  • Lowered treatment costs
  • Reduced risk of mouth trauma

When an orthodontic intervention isn’t necessary, bringing your child in for an evaluation is still an opportunity for Dr. Sonneveld to start monitoring growth and development so that treatment can be implemented at the appropriate time if necessary.

The Importance Of Treating Malocclusions

The studies by The America Association of Orthodontists shows that common orthodontic problems, if left untreated, can cause problems in the future. It is important to address those issues to avoid:

  • Tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments
  • Acquiring tooth decay and/or gum disease
  • Unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear
  • Accidental chipping

Contact Us

We are happy that you have chosen Dr. Sonneveld to help your child with their orthodontic problem. If you have any questions or concerns that were not addressed above, please contact us at (708) 403-2626, and we will gladly answer any questions. We can also schedule an appointment for your child to come in to our office. We look forward to hearing from you!