At this early age of 7-8 years for girls and 8-9 years for boys, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. This 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.
Common problems which can be detected and managed in children include:
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
According to studies by the Australian Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier individual!