Patients in and around the Greensboro area may
ask their dentist, what is the best time for orthodontic
treatment? There is no one right answer for this, as
everyone has a different dental situation. However, the American Association of Orthodontists suggests that parents bring their children in for an orthodontic examination by the age of seven. At this point, patients may not always be ready to start treatment, but it does give the dentist the chance to see if there are any indications of misalignment of the jaw or new teeth and determine if there may be a need for orthodontics at some point during their childhood.
During these evaluations, Dr. Steven Hatcher and Dr. Sona Isharani will look for indications of several concerns, including overbites, underbites, dental protrusion, and problems that occur due to bad habits such as thumb sucking. These can all have a negative effect on the alignment of the teeth and jaw and may require patients to undergo orthodontic treatment to address them.
If children do not show any signs of needing orthodontic services, they will still want to see their dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations to keep an eye on any further problems which may occur. The ideal point at which orthodontic treatments should be started varies greatly depending on the severity of the condition and when the adult teeth begin to erupt through the gums. However, the earlier problems are addressed, the easier it is for the teeth to stay in their new positions over the course of adulthood.
Greensboro area patients seeking a pediatric dentist who can provide a thorough examination and help catch problematic smiles early on are encouraged to contact the team through the practice of Dr. Steven Hatcher. Dr. Sona Isharani and Dr. Steven Hatcher work together to provide quality dental care for patients of all ages and stages and can offer orthodontic treatment for those who are truly interested in rejuvenating the smile and improving its aesthetics and function. Assessing the dental situation early and often is the best approach to determining the need and success of orthodontic treatment.