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Early Childhood Orthodontic Treatment

An ounce of prevention…

Kid With Orthodontic Braces

Thomas K.
Wilk & Wilk Patient

We are a very proactive orthodontic practice that firmly believes in early treatment. Early orthodontic treatment is started before all of the baby teeth have fallen out. We usually recommend early treatment in the following situations: to correct problems that are presently causing pain or damage to the teeth or gums; to correct problems that will become progressively worse over time; or to correct problems that are causing significant esthetic issues. When we perform early orthodontic treatment, we explain every step to each child and perform orthodontic adjustments with a gentle approach in a relaxing manner to ensure that kids feel at ease every step of the way! We believe in creating strong positive and fun experiences for children. As a result, lots of our younger patients look forward to their orthodontic visits!

In addition to our gentle approach with young kids, we also focus on providing treatment in the most efficient manner to minimize any interruptions to the parents’ busy schedules and to minimize the amount of school missed. A computerized patient flow system allows us to see our patients on time to minimize waiting times and technologies with orthodontic appliances and braces allow us to increase the time between orthodontic office visits often up to 10 weeks. Many of our younger patients can complete their treatment in as little as 3 visits!

Ideal Age for an Orthodontic Consult

Smiling Kid

Thomas K.
Wilk & Wilk Patient

The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that an initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or by the age of 7. By this age, the teeth have developed enough to determine if any problems are developing. Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but an examination can reveal a developing problem that can be treated more easily at an early age than at a later age after it has become more severe. By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. At this time we evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships and look for problems. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

The Best Time to Begin Orthodontic Treatment

Though at Wilk & Wilk Orthodontics we can enhance a smile at any age, most orthodontic problems will have an ideal time to be corrected and this will depend on the type of problem and on growth and development. Some patients may benefit from treatment that starts before the baby teeth have fallen out while others may need treatment once all adult teeth have erupted. Beginning treatment at the optimal time will simplify treatment while ensuring the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.

The Benefits of Early Treatment

  • Maintaining or creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Guiding incoming adult teeth into proper positions
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma or injury to protruding front teeth
  • Reducing the need for permanent tooth removal
  • Correcting crossbites to promote more favorable growth and to prevent uneven tooth wear
  • Correcting oral habits, such as thumb and finger sucking habits
  • Minimizing the need for more complicated future treatment
  • Reducing future treatment time with braces if they are needed
  • Correcting esthetic problems that are affecting a child’s confidence level
  • Correcting abnormal swallowing problems (tongue thrusts)
  • Correcting anterior openbites (front teeth don’t touch) to prevent tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments

Ultimately, orthodontics is much more than creating a beautiful smile – it creates a healthier you.

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