The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the initial orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven.
The first adult molars erupt at age seven which 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 you smile, chew or clean your 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 and/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. A certified orthodontist 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 open constricted archways and airways and prevent the need for extractions and impactions of permanent teeth. Early treatment is critical because it fixes airway problems that can have a negative affect on early jaw development. Set up a no-cost orthodontic treatment with Dr. Igel for your child today!