Early Orthodontic Evaluation
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BEGIN ORTHODONTICS?
At Family Dental Care of Bellevue Dr. Galloway and Dr. Song will begin evaluating the position of your child’s teeth each and every time your child is seen. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EARLY ORTHODNTIC EVALUATION?
Early evaluation by Dr. Galloway and Dr. Song provides both timely detection of problems, and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Intervention, when required, can help guide your child’s growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not immediately necessary, our doctors will carefully monitor your child’s growth and development or work closely with your orthodontist to determine when to begin treatment.
WHY IS AGE 7 CONSIDERED THE OPTIMAL TIME FOR SCREENING?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the bite in the back of the mouth. During this time, Dr. Galloway and Dr. Song will evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INTERCEPTIVE TREATMENT?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
WHY SHOULD MALOCCLUSIONS BE TREATED?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
- Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
- Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier you.
Please give our office a call at 425 643 5778 to set up your child’s evaluation or to schedule a children’s dentist appointment.