Offering children orthodontics in Greenville, SC

Age 7, A Year to Remember

In the past, orthodontic treatment was often postponed until after eruption of all the permanent teeth. We now know that many orthodontic problems are better treated earlier in childhood by utilizing the growth that takes place in younger children.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected. Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can 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.

Although treatment may not begin at this young age, Dr. Hunt may elect to monitor your child’s dental development. Early detection greatly reduces the need for removal of permanent teeth.

Treatment is sometimes recommended for younger children and because children are usually enthusiastic and cooperative, total treatment time is often reduced. Orthodontic results are often achieved which would not otherwise be possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing.

Benefits of Early Treatment

  • Influence facial and jaw growth in a positive manner.
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth.
  • Harmonize width of the dental arches.
  • Improve eruption patterns.
  • Lower risking trauma to protruded upper incisors.
  • Correct harmful oral habits.
  • Improve aesthetics and self-esteem.
  • Simplify and shorten treatment time for later orthodontic procedures.
  • Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.
  • Preserve or gain space for erupting teeth.
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal.

Early orthodontic screening can lead to simple, more effective treatment or, at least, greater peace of mind.

Contact our Greenville, SC Orthodontic Office to learn more about children orthodontics.