The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children come in for an initial orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7 or at the first sign of orthodontic problems. This is often the age when the incisors and back teeth (or molars) have erupted and issues involving bite misalignments can be accurately assessed. While orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at the early age of 7, it allows Dr. Kincer to provide timely screening and anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Early orthodontics can ensure the most successful result while also reducing your time and expense in the long-term.
Benefits of Pediatric Orthodontics
By investing in orthodontics for your child, you are doing far more than just improving their smile appearance. Orthodontics correct bad bites due to tooth or jaw misalignment. Bad bites (malocclusions) influence the way your child smiles, speaks, chews and feels about his or her smile. It can even impact oral health when misalignment makes teeth cleaning a challenge.
In pediatric patients, Dr. Kincer can use orthodontics to guide jaw growth and influence the placement of permanent teeth. For many children, this involves using non-invasive methods to create more space in the upper and/or lower dental arch so that proper alignment can take place. Overall, choosing orthodontics for your child can simplify later treatment requirements, reduce future dental health problems and even prevent speech and chewing challenges in some cases.
Why Choose Interceptive Treatment?
Interceptive orthodontics refers to diagnosing and treating malocclusions as soon as they are detected. It is also known as phase I treatment. Through this approach, Dr. Kincer can often accomplish the following:
- Create room for crowded teeth
- Improve facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserve space for teeth not yet erupted
- Reduce the need for tooth extractions
- Lessen treatment time in braces
At the office of Dr. William R. Kincer, we realize that early orthodontic treatment is an important decision and notable investment for your family. We consider it a privilege to correct and improve your child’s smile, and we will do everything we can to make the experience a rewarding one. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic consultation.