Early TX; Gadsden, Alabama Orthodontist

There are many commonly asked questions about children and orthodontic care. Listed below are some of the more common questions, along with answers. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us!

When should a child begin receiving orthodontic care, and why should this be done sooner than later?
While an orthodontist can essentially improve a smile for a patient at any age, there is in fact an optimal time/age at which treatment should begin, and the age is 7. Why 7 years old? While dental growth can be different for every child, typically, by age 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. Once the first adult molars erupt, bite problems or overcrowding become more evident. While problems may not appear immediately, Dr. Wilborn can monitor growth and determine when the time is right to begin with braces. There is indeed a "best time" to begin treatment, based upon the advancement of each patient's dental growth. If orthodontic care is begun at this time, treatment time and expense can usually be kept to their lowest possible values.

Are there advantages to interceptive treatment?
Absolutely! Here are a few of the most direct results:

  • Creates room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creates facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reduces risk of trauma to front teet
  • Preserves space for unerupted teeth
  • Helps reduce need for tooth removal
  • Helps reduce treatment time with braces

Am I a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic care is not just for the improvement of a smile, but it can also improve bad bites, also known as malocclusions. Malocclusions can occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment, and they can affect the way you smile, chew, and feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?
The American Association of Orthodontists states that untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to clean, which can lead to decay and/or gum disease
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and misproportioned tooth wear
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments