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5/19/2016 3:55 PM

When is the Right Time for Orthodontic Treatment at Goings Orthodontics?

Do you ever wonder about these questions:

  • When should my child see the orthodontist for the first time?
  • Why do I see more young kids with braces on these days?
  • Are my child's permanent teeth developing properly?
  • How many baby teeth are left?
  • Is there a functional concern or a cosmetic concern affecting self-esteem?

Though Dr. Goings can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin seeing an orthodontist. 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. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Choosing the Optimal Time for Treatment

While orthodontic treatment with full braces most often begins between the ages of 10 and 14, some orthodontic problems are easier and necessary to correct if they are treated early. If it appears that treatment will be needed, Dr. Goings can advise you as to the ideal time to begin. This gives Dr. Goings the best chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position

Signs the Bite's Not Right

It's not always easy to tell when your child has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding a problem bite. Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that are too far forward or back
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Upper and lower teeth that don't meet, or meet in an abnormal way
  • An unbalanced facial appearance
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

Give Your Child the Gift of a Healthy Smile

Not only do well-aligned teeth look good and feel good, they also are important to proper dental health. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to dental problems. Not everyone needs orthodontic treatment. But if your child does need help, it pays to start treatment when you have the greatest chance for success. If you have a child who is 7 or older, why not set up a complimentary exam with Dr. Goings at Goings Orthodontics in Fort Collins or Wellington? Call 970-377-1888 or visit our Appointment Request page to schedule an appointment.