No. Between the ages of 5 and 10, some permanent teeth have already appeared. And during this time, the bones and muscles are growing rapidly. This is when the doctor can influence their growth to create the best bite. Things can be accomplished now that can’t easily be done later – or can’t be done as well. Also, with early treatment you may prevent future bite problems from developing.
Early treatment may last a year or longer. Your child may wear some braces during this time, but they will be used mainly as an anchor for other appliances that will influence the growth of bone or muscle. In most cases, a second phase of orthodontic treatment (full braces) is also necessary, This phase is usually started after all the permanent teeth have appeared. It helps move the teeth into their final positions.
Early treatment offers many benefits, often achieving one or more of the following goals:
The orthodontic evaluation
The orthodontic evaluation is necessary to assess your child’s profile, jaws, muscles, and teeth. Your doctor may ask questions about your child’s teeth and bite. X-rays, impressions, and photos are also likely to be taken. These provide the basis for your child’s treatment plan. Your doctor may also discuss a payment plan with you.
Pick up a free tooth brush for you and your child at our clinic, Serene Dental in Fremont CA, while you receive a free orthodontic consultation. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sapana for your orthodontic care today.