At Klamath Falls Dental Specialists, Dr. Walle and his staff believe that though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin orthodontic treatment.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back, side-to-side and vertical tooth relationships. Dr. Walle can also look for early signs of severe crowding and spacing.
At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Beginning orthodontic treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Evaluation
Early orthodontic evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment at Klamath Falls Dental Specialists. There are many benefits to early orthodontic evaluation with children, including:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Walle can carefully monitor growth and development and begin orthodontic treatment when it is ideal.
To determine if your child is a candidate for orthodontic treatment, call Klamath Falls Orthodontist Dr. Neil Walle at (541) 884-8668 for an appointment at Klamath Falls Dental Specialists.