When teeth are out of place, orthodontic treatment, or braces, is often sought as an optimal form of correction. Typically, we see metal braces on the smiles of teenagers or pre-teens. Thanks to the development of clear braces options, many adults are also seeking care to straighten their smiles. We are happy to see that discoveries in dentistry have also identified the benefits of early orthodontic care.
Drs. Hatcher and Isharani want to provide the very best care to families in the Greensboro, NC area. Our focus on pediatrics extends beyond most general dental offices. The attention that we give to early orthodontic intervention is just one example of our commitment to excellence.
Early orthodontic care is often referred to as functional orthodontics. The idea behind early intervention is to address potential structural abnormalities while the jaw is still growing. If care is not obtained until the jaw has fully developed, during the teen years, the primary benefit to braces is straighter teeth. Functional orthodontics also monitors how the jaw is developing, and how gentle guidance in an aspect such as jaw alignment can facilitate optimal function, aesthetics, and comfort.
Some of the benefits of early orthodontic care include:
- Ability to guide development. By the age of twelve, 90 percent of a child’s facial structure has already formed. Early care can correct up to 80 percent of functional problems before growth stops and all permanent teeth have grown in.
- Better patient experience. Many dentists report that younger patients react more positively to orthodontic treatment.
- Shortened treatment times. When orthodontic issues are addressed early, it is done in two stages. Because the first stage prepares the jaw for permanent teeth, the second stage, in which braces are worn, is typically quite a bit shorter.
- Structural improvements. Early intervention of orthodontic issues focus on jaw structure. As such, treatment has been shown effective at improving the facial profile, guiding the lower jaw to sit properly, rather than sink back.
Give your child all the benefits of early dental care. Call (336) 383-1482 to schedule a visit with experienced pediatric dentist Dr. Isharani.
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Dr. Steven Hatcher
A graduate from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Hatcher
majored in biology and completed his undergraduate studies there. At UNC, he was awarded a cancer research grant from the National Institutes of Health after which he graduated from dental school.
Dr. Hatcher is a passionate and driven professional who strives to preserve and enhance natural beauty in every dental treatment. He is keen on developing an individualist approach when it comes to treating his patients to ensure patient care is a tailor-made experience for the comfort of each client.