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It is never too soon to monitor a child’s oral development and orthodontic health. To promote early treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends screening children by the age of 7. The purpose of the initial exam is to determine if there are any discrepancies that might disrupt normal growth or worsen over time.
Benefits of early orthodontic treatment:
The objective in early orthodontics is to eliminate or minimize dentoalveolar and skeletal disorders that interfere with the growth, function, esthetics, self-esteem and overall health of a child. Common problems we can identify in children include:
These discrepancies may be treated with fixed or removable appliances. By using an appliance on a patient at an early age, we can develop the arch and make room for all permanent teeth. There are generally three types of early treatment that may be necessary:
For more information on how you can better your smile and improve your orthodontic health, contact the experienced professionals at Gutiérrez Orthodontics.
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