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The Benefits of Early Intervention in Orthodontics

It’s never too early to think about your child’s oral health. Orthodontic treatments can help prevent future issues, solve problems early, and lead to shorter treatment lengths. Let’s look at a few of the benefits of early intervention in orthodontics. 

Shorter Treatment Length 

Early intervention can lead to shorter treatment lengths for more complex cases. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist by age 7; however, it is never too late to start treatment. When teeth are still growing they are easier to move into their proper position, leading to a faster and more efficient treatment plan. In some cases, orthodontists may even be able to avoid extractions or other surgical procedures if they intervene early enough. 

Solve Problems Early 

Early intervention allows an orthodontist to spot potential issues before they become serious problems later down the road. This means that minor issues can be addressed quickly and easily as well as helping children build better habits for oral hygiene going forward. Some common problems that an orthodontist can identify and treat include crossbite, overbite, underbite, crowding, spacing between teeth, misaligned jaws, and thumb-sucking habits. Get these problems dealt with early so that your child can live with a healthier mouth earlier. 

Prevent Future Issues 

Early intervention can help prevent future issues from occurring or becoming worse. For example, if overcrowding is identified during an early visit then it may be possible to take proactive steps such as expanding the upper jaw or extracting certain teeth with the goal of preventing overcrowding later on down the road when permanent adult teeth come in. An early diagnosis will also give you peace of mind knowing that your child is receiving preventive care now before any serious issues arise later on in life. 

Taking your child to see an orthodontist at a young age has many benefits; from shorter treatment lengths for more complex cases, solving problems early on before they become serious issues later down the road, and preventing future issues from occurring or getting worse by taking proactive steps now instead of reactive ones later on in life. If you have any questions about how early intervention in orthodontics can help you or your child please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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