By beginning orthodontic care early, your child can achieve the greatest results with the least amount of time and expense.

The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends the initial orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7.

The first adult molars erupt at age 7 and establish the back bite. Dr. Igel will evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. Orthodontic treatment can improve bad bites or malocclusions. Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment and affect the way your child smiles, chews or cleans his or her teeth.

There are a number of reasons malocclusions should be treated. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Another concern is misaligned teeth and jaws that can limit airways and prevent optimal breathing. Dr. Igel can enlarge the airways through the use of orthodontics to enhance breathing and prevent sleep apnea and airway issues.

Early treatment, or Phase 1 orthodontics, opens constricted archways and airways and prevents impactions of permanent teeth and the need for extractions. Early treatment is critical because it fixes airway problems that can have a negative effect on early jaw development. Set up a no-cost orthodontic consultation with Dr. Igel for your child today by calling (402) 330-1152!

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