Early Treatment

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Every parent has many questions about their child's dental health. We know it can be challenging trying to understand some child orthodontic treatment in Fort Collins — especially if it's recommended for younger children.

The goals of early Fort Collins pediatric dentistry treatments are to develop space that allows all permanent teeth (excluding wisdom teeth) to erupt or correct a function issue (severe overbite or underbite) or correct a shift in the upper or lower jaw which can affect growth. Dr. Goings recommends child orthodontics in Fort Collins only in specific cases.

Because early treatment and pediatric dentistry in Fort Collins is different than what most people have gone through themselves, the consultation process is very important. Dr. Goings thoroughly discusses your child's teeth, growth yet to come, and possible treatment needs. Parents leave the office full of knowledge about their child's teeth and child orthodontics in Fort Collins.

Not all children are candidates for early treatment. If your child is not a candidate, he/she is placed into a growth and observation stage for monitoring. Usually these appointments are 6 or 12 months apart.

If you do have further questions, please call our office to arrange a complimentary consultation. We hope this information below helps you understand a bit about our Fort Collins pediatric dentistry.

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. 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 vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces