The Impact of Early Orthodontic Intervention on Future Treatment

The Impact of Early Orthodontic Intervention on Future Treatment

While malocclusion problems are not entirely predictable, and are not always avoidable, regular dental checkups and early evaluation by an orthodontist can help your child avoid orthodontic treatment in the future.

Regular Dental Check Ups

Having a dentist regularly examine your child’s baby teeth and permanent teeth as they grow in is important for catching and avoiding developing malocclusion problems.

Your dentist will be able to evaluate your child’s dental development and determine whether orthodontic intervention may be necessary.

Regular cleanings (in addition to a good oral hygiene routine at home) will help keep your child’s baby teeth healthy. Baby teeth act as placeholders and guides for the permanent teeth when they erupt. When they fall out early due to decay, it could cause the permanent teeth to grow in incorrectly.

For these reasons, it’s important that you child attends regular dental checkups and cleanings to avoid having to go through orthodontic treatment later in life.

Early Orthodontic Intervention

The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an Orthodontist for the first time no later than the age of 7. In certain cases, children as young as 2 or 3 could benefit from early evaluation.

This is because an orthodontist will be able to catch problems early on as they develop, and implement Early Interceptive Treatment (also known as Phase I Treatment).

Early treatment in the form of palatal expanders, TADs, space maintainers or partial braces can play a significant role in whether your child will wind up wearing braces, or for how long.

Contact the Ridge Meadows Orthodontics team today to learn more about how we can help your child avoid braces in the future.

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