Dr. Peterson agrees with the American Association of Orthodontists, which recommends that a child receives their first orthodontic screening by age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize early problems and correct them before they become more serious during adolescence. This not only saves you and your child time and more difficult treatment, but it also saves you money!
Dr. Peterson encourages all parents to bring their children in for a free comprehensive orthodontic evaluation. Even if Dr. Peterson determines that it is too early for treatment, our team will be able to determine when your child will be ready for treatment. It is proven that effective early orthodontic care can be a huge advantage for the future of your child’s oral health and their psychosocial development.
Current research demonstrates how important your child’s smile is to their self-esteem. Early treatment gives them a head start in improving self-confidence before the difficult teenage years. Your child will be more social and perform better when self-confidence is at its highest. Many children have undiagnosed sleep disorders or improper jaw posture due to upper airway resistance. This negatively affects the smile, facial balance, psychosocial development and performance in school. Undiagnosed airway problems can lead to adolescent obesity, type 2 diabetes, and attention deficit disorders. The orthodontist is now considered the key partner in improving breathing and sleep quality for improved health and well-being.
The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
Creating room for crowded, impacted teeth that can’t grow in
Improving facial balance and smile by improving growth
Improving airway for better sleep quality and health
Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
Eliminating cross-bites that can interfere with normal jaw function and growth of bone and gums
Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
Reducing the need for tooth removal
Reducing treatment time with braces
Reducing the risk of future gum recession
During your child’s initial evaluation, a 3D X-ray of the teeth, jaws, and airway will be performed to help determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed now or if they can wait for teenage treatment (when all of your child’s baby teeth have fallen out). With evidence-based methods, Dr. Peterson will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that is comfortable and convenient and will prove to be the most beneficial for his or her special needs and desires. Sometimes Dr. Peterson will partner with the pediatrician, speech pathologist, ENT, and the child’s dentist, to optimize growth and development, as well as overall health.
The earlier you bring your child to Synergi Orthodontic Specialists, the earlier we can determine the best course of action and begin orthodontic treatment. Our team is trained to work joyfully with young children and provide a friendly, caring atmosphere that children and their parents will enjoy.