The timing of Orthodontic treatment is exquisitely important as to the success of Orthodontic treatment. Just as all children should see a Dentist at about the time of their 1st birthday for their first Dental examination, all children should have their initial Orthodontic examination at age 7, about the time that the first permanent incisors begin to erupt. For some, but not all, children that need Orthodontic care, early (Phase I) treatment can reduce the severity of the malocclusion (bad bite), make treatment easier, and/or improve the outcome of treatment.
So many times I have heard, “I was not told to come see you until all the baby teeth fell out.” The baby molars are wider that the premolars that erupt to replace them. This size differential is called, “Leeway Space.” Leeway Space is extremely important to the Orthodontist, providing room to unravel crooked or protrusive front teeth.
“I’m to old for Orthodontics.” Not true. Malocclusion (bad bite) is treatable at any age. While treatment may go a little faster during the growing years, Orthodontic correction can be done at any age. I’ve treated patients from 4 to 87, all with a high level of success. If you think your child has an Orthodontic problem, please contact L&M Orthodontics at email@example.com for a complimentary examination with any of our doctors. Our friendly staff would love to schedule you an appointment.