Problems in Seven Year Olds
Problems in Growing Children
Problems in Adults
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The Reasons For This Examination Follow:

  • The posterior occlusion is established when the first molars erupt. At that time, one can evaluate the anteroposterior and transverse relationships of the occlusion as well as discover any functional shifts or crossbites.
  • Incisors have begun to erupt and problems can be detected such as crowding, habits, deep bites, open bites and some jaw discrepancies.
  • For some a timely evaluation will lead to significant treatment benefits; for others, the principal immediate benefit is a parent’s peace of mind.

The AAO does not advocate comprehensive orthodontic treatment at age 7. However, interceptive treatment may be appropriate in the kinds of problems shown below.

Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist.

Problems to Watch for in 7 Year Olds

Malocclusions, like these, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an Orthodontic specialist for a full elvaluation.

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Photo Courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists.

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Check-Ups are Necessary For Growing Children

  • Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth or emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
  • While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
  • A check up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child.
  • In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
  • Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatmnet a ta later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
  • Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:
    • Guide jaw growth
    • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
    • Correct harmful oral habits
    • Improve appearance
    • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
    • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
  • Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child an opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.

If your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check up.

Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.

Problems to Watch For in Growing Children

Malocclusions, like these, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an Orthodontic specialist for a full elvaluation.

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Photo Courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Check With Your Child's Orthodontist If You Notice:

  • early or late loss of baby teeth
  • difficulty in chewing or biting
  • mouth breathing
  • jaws that shift or make sounds
  • speech difficulties
  • biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • facial imbalance
  • grinding or clenching of the teeth

Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist.

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The American Association of Orhtodontists recommends treatment for adults, when appropriate, in conjunction with regular dental care. Treatment in adults is important because it:

  • Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
  • Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
  • Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
  • Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
  • Improves function of teeth
  • Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improves oral health

Problems to Watch for in Adults

Malocclusions, like these, may be improved by orthodontic treatment.

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Photo courtesy of the american Orthodontic Association