Early Treatment

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Early Treatment

h-pediatric2.jpg When you’re looking for a children’s orthodontist in or around Lakewood, CA, Lakewood Dental Arts strives to be your first choice. We’re proud to offer a number of efficient orthodontic treatments with the goal of getting you the straight and healthy smile that you deserve. Not only that, but we pride ourselves on our warm and welcoming, family-friendly environment that’s suited for patients of all ages. If you have a young child, we recommend bringing him or her in for an early orthodontic screening.

When Should I First Bring in My Child for an Orthodontic Screening?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, an initial orthodontic screening should be conducted at the age of seven. The reason for this is because this is when the adult molars erupt. These teeth establish the back bite for the child and allow us to judge the side-to-side and front-to-back tooth relationships. We can check for various orthodontic problems that include overbites, open bites, crowding, and gummy smiles.

Early treatment is critical for the detection of orthodontic problems, but it’s also important to note that early screening doesn’t always mean early treatment. Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary now. If we believe orthodontic treatment may be needed at a later date, we can carefully monitor a child’s growth and development and begin treatment when we feel that it will be most efficient.

What Are the Advantages of Early Treatment?

There are many advantages of undergoing early treatment. It can:

  • Create facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth.
  • Preserve space for unerupted teeth.
  • Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth.
  • Create room crowded, erupting teeth.
  • Reduce the need for tooth extractions.
  • Lower treatment time.

Why Should Problematic Bites Be Treated?

While these bad bites, also known as malocclusions, happen to look aesthetically unappealing, the true problem with them lies in the harm that they can do to a patient’s teeth and mouth. For example, they can do the following:

  • Crowded teeth make it much more difficult to brush and floss properly, giving a greater chance of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to being chipped or fractured.
  • Crossbites can result in uneven tooth wear and unfavorable growth.
  • Open bites can cause speech impediments and bad habits, such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking.

Contact Your Lakewood, CA Children’s Orthodontist Today!

If you have any further questions about early treatment, please feel free to contact us. We at Lakewood Dental Arts will be glad to help you in any way we can. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at (562) 866-1735. We hope to see you soon!