Early Orthodontics Ann Arbor
Getting orthodontic work done, such as braces, can make a profound impact on your child’s future smile. More than just a straight grin, correctly aligned teeth can reduce the risk of other problems such as decay or infection, and reduce the wear and tear that their teeth experience on a regular day to day basis. Embree Dentistry wants to express just how essential it is that one begins these processes as early as possible, giving your son or daughter the best bet at a healthy smile for a long time to come.
Why Orthodontic Treatment Is ImportantThere is a lot that can go wrong as your child’s permanent teeth begin to grow in. They can grow crookedly, there can be excessive gaps between each tooth, or they can be extremely crowded. They may have to deal with extra or missing teeth as well. More than that, they may have other problems that orthodontics can help with, such as jaw alignment. Leaving these problems alone can make them worse over time and what can start off as a simple fix can turn into surgery or more complicated procedures. This is because younger people’s bones are not completely set into place yet. They can still be shifted and moved around without damaging the bones and tissues surrounding them. However, this ability becomes far more limited as time goes on and limits the options we have to repair the damage.
Coming in early can make a huge difference. We recommend that you bring your son or daughter in somewhere around age seven for their first orthodontic check-up. This is a great time because they have both permanent and baby teeth, generally speaking, and we can predict how the rest of their teeth will come in based on what they are already displaying. This means that it is the perfect time to intercept any potential alignment problems before they become major problems. “Interceptive Orthodontics,” which is a fancy name for repairing alignment problems while the child still has baby teeth, is where we can get the best results of any orthodontic treatment, limiting the treatments they may require later in life.
We Do Early ExaminationsWe can provide an early evaluation of your child’s needs and predict how their permanent teeth will grow in. This information can determine a lot about your child’s future smile. Taking care of problems before they become a problem seems like the best path, doesn’t it? We will work closely alongside you and your child to determine the treatments that will most benefit everyone’s ultimate goals.
Give Embree Dentistry a call today to set up a diagnostic exam to determine if an Orthodontic consultation is indicated for your child.