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Early Treatment

Early Treatment
Posted on 03/07/2016
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             While parents can often spot at a very early age a number of conditions affecting their children, subtle problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth often escape their notice. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children have their teeth checked by an orthodontist around age 7. At this early age, even though there are still “baby” teeth in the child’s mouth and all of his or her teeth appear to be straight, the orthodontist can identify a developing problem. At that point, early treatment or monitoring of the child’s growth and development may be recommended. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make later treatment shorter and less complicated.

 Early treatment may allow me to take advantage of jaw growth, widen the palate, elongate a receding jaw, or correct a protruding jaw.  All of these things cannot be done once growth of the jaws is complete around age 15 -16 for girls and 17-19 for boys.