Age 7 is a great time for interceptive orthodontic treatments

Why is Age 7 Considered an 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. This is called interceptive treatment.

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment include:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces
Straight Talk about Adult Treatment Options:  Boost your confidence and appearance with a beautiful smile.

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, “Today, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and difficulty chewing. Orthodontic treatment creates a better bite, making teeth fit better and decreasing the risk of future dental problems regardless of age.”

But does the word braces give you a visual of a teen with a mouth full of metal? If so, it may be time to rethink your options to get the grin you have always wanted.

Did you know that teeth can continue to shift even into adulthood and can cause jaw alignment problems if left untreated? And, straight teeth are easier to care for and can avoid health issues with your jaw and teeth as you age.

As a leader in the advancement of brace options, Dr. Mario Paz was selected to help develop two invisible forms of teeth correction: Invisalign clear aligners and Lingual Braces, which are also invisible as they are placed behind the teeth. Treatment these days is more comfortable and less noticeable than ever to better fit any lifestyle.

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