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3 Benefits of Early Orthodontic Intervention

Posted on January 5, 2023

According to KidsHealth, most orthodontists recommend an initial orthodontic exam for children when their permanent teeth begin to come in, typically around age seven. Best Smiles Orthodontics provides orthodontic services for the entire family. If your young one is starting to get permanent teeth, now is the ideal time to schedule an exam. Dr. Best and the entire team at Best Smiles are dedicated to providing all patients with the best possible orthodontic care. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the many important advantages of starting orthodontic intervention early with Central Florida orthodontics.

1. Spot and Correct Problems Early in Life

As with many other medical issues, orthodontists can correct a lot of problems with less invasive treatment the sooner they are identified. Additionally, orthodontists are often able to spot signs of other medical issues. When your child begins their orthodontic treatment as early as possible, it’s likely that the experience will go more smoothly for them than if treatment is delayed. In fact, many corrective oral surgeries can be avoided when orthodontic treatment starts early enough.

2. Alignment and Jaw Issues Can Impact Speech

Misalignments, formally known as malocclusions, can affect speech patterns. When children develop speech issues or have difficulty speaking clearly, misalignments can be the culprit. Bad speech habits that are left to develop can cause permanent or ongoing issues. Once the orthodontic issues are addressed, any speech problems that remain can be corrected. Proper speech patterns are also a big part of a child’s self-esteem or lack thereof. By correcting both teeth alignment and speech problems, your child will gain a lot of confidence.

3. Misaligned Teeth Are More Likely to Develop Plaque

Keeping crooked teeth properly cleaned is more difficult than with straight teeth. When children are learning to effectively take care of their teeth and are developing brushing and flossing skills, it’s easy for them to become easily frustrated and give up. Without this important daily care, their teeth become more susceptible to cavities and other dental problems. Fortunately, corrective braces can lessen the risk of tooth decay and cavities.

Is it time for your child’s first orthodontist visit? Our team is here to help them adjust to their orthodontic treatment and have as pleasant an experience as possible. Contact our office today to schedule their initial consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon!