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The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment
Posted on 02/24/2017

The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment

At Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy and attractive smile they can be proud of. Our orthodontists and team of orthodontic specialists work with every patient individually, to design a personalized treatment plan using the latest types of orthodontic appliances, like modern metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners to ensure treatment is as effective as possible. While many people start improving their smiles when they’re teenagers or adults, in some cases, it is better to begin with early orthodontic treatment.

What is Early Treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment typically takes place between the ages of 6 and 10. Also referred to as interceptive treatment, early treatment can correct orthodontic problems before they have the chance to become bigger problems that require both more time and money to correct. When a child undergoes orthodontic care at an early age, he or she is given the best opportunity for achieving a healthy and beautiful smile that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Could My Child Benefit from Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Only a trained orthodontist can determine if your child can benefit from orthodontic treatment. However, there are a few signs to watch for that could indicate the need for early treatment including:

  • An overbite or underbite
  • Crowded, crooked, blocked out or protruding teeth
  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Jaws that shift abnormally or make sounds when they move
  • Early or late loss of primary teeth
  • A prolonged thumb-sucking habit
  • Chronic biting of the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • Jaws and teeth that appear disproportionate to the rest of the face

Schedule Your Child’s Initial Orthodontic Evaluation in Erie, PA

If you notice any of these signs in your child, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to visit our Erie, Lawrence Park, or Corry office. At your child’s first visit to our orthodontic practice, we will provide your child with a thorough exam followed by a discussion with you about our findings and any treatment recommendations we may have. If you have any questions prior to your child’s first visit with us, just contact us as we’re always happy to speak with you!