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As a parent, you want your child to have a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. A part of achieving this is bringing your child in to see an orthodontist at an early age. Dr. Adam Goodman and the entire team at Goodman Orthodontics happily provide early orthodontic treatment as a means to ensure that your child’s smile and mouth develop correctly.
Before you come into our Manhattan or Riverdale office, you may have some questions about the process of early orthodontic treatment. As a part of our orthodontist’s commitment to making you as comfortable as possible with your treatment, here are some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers.
An orthodontist can enhance your smile at any age. However, the optimal time to begin treatment is in early childhood. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation take place at the first sign of an orthodontic problem, or by the age of seven.
At this early age full orthodontic services like braces may not be necessary, but a vigilant examination allows your orthodontist to anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Additionally, commencing treatment at this time ensures the greatest long-term result and the least amount of time and expense.
By the age of seven the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. At this time Dr. Goodman can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. From that analysis he can predict how your bite will develop. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. The earlier these evaluations are completed, the higher the chance for an incredible smile.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems, and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. This intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious issues later on.
When orthodontic intervention is not necessary right away, Dr. Goodman carefully monitors growth and development so he knows when is the most ideal time to begin orthodontic services like braces or Invisalign.
Some of the most direct benefits of early orthodontic treatment are:
Even if you like the way your smile looks, that doesn’t mean you should skip out on orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is not merely for improving the aesthetics of your smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment, and they affect the way you smile, chew, and clean your teeth. According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems, including:
Orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier, happier you. So get your child started on early orthodontic treatment. A visit to your trusted Manhattan and Riverdale orthodontist today is a step toward a future of strong and beautiful teeth. Contact us directly, or book an appointment online.