Early Intervention

Dentist Villas Fort Myers FL

The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics can correct issues with the alignment and spacing of teeth and jaws at any age. However, there are benefits to beginning treatment while teeth are still developing. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Though treatment may not be needed now, early intervention allows Dr. Jonathan Chouraqui to monitor your child’s teeth as they grow. This way, we can ensure the timely detection of any orthodontic issues. 

Early detection of issues allows for more efficient and effective treatment. Your child’s first adult molars begin to erupt around age 7. These molars establish the back of the bite and proper

alignment for the teeth. This provides a framework for evaluating the relationships between front and back teeth and between left and right side teeth. 

By screening at age 7, Dr. Jonathan Chouraqui can watch for potential issues as teeth develop. Some of these orthodontic issues may include: 

  • Overbite: top teeth sit substantially further forward than bottom teeth when teeth are closed 
  • Underbite: bottom teeth sit further forward than top teeth when teeth are closed
  • Open bite: the front teeth do not come together when the back teeth are closed
  • Crossbite: the top teeth do not properly align with the bottom teeth 
  • Crowding: teeth overlap and become crooked due to lack of space 

There are many immediate and long-term advantages to interceptive treatment. Some of the benefits early orthodontic intervention can provide include: 

  • Correcting teeth crowding 
  • Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth 
  • Minimizing risk for trauma by correcting protruding front teeth 
  • Providing sufficient space for newly erupting teeth 
  • Preventing the need for tooth removal 
  • Reducing the duration of treatment for adolescent or adult orthodontics
  • Improving self-esteem and confidence 

If you have a child aged 7 or older who needs an orthodontic evaluation, contact our office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.