As a parent, there’s no doubt that you’ve been taking important steps to protect your young child’s oral health. You’re probably making sure that your child is doing a good job brushing and flossing and taking him or her to your family dentist twice a year for those important examinations and cleanings.
Even though you’re doing your best to safeguard your child’s oral health, there could be some hidden problems with your child’s teeth and jaws that could jeopardize his/her future oral health. That’s where your local Clovis orthodontics practice comes into play. At Orthodontics Exclusively, we provide early orthodontic evaluations so we can detect problems with the teeth and jaws early in life before any problems present can get worse and become more difficult and costly to treat.
What is Early Treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment, also known as “interceptive” or “Phase I” treatment is focused on treating bite and spacing problems before more serious issues occur. The goal of early treatment is to “intercept” these types of problems as early as possible, giving your child the best opportunity to have a healthy and straight smile. Early treatment can involve using BRACES or other functional appliances like space maintainers to correct problems with the teeth or jaws.
Why Early Treatment Matters
During your child’s first orthodontic evaluation, one of our Clovis ORTHODONTISTS will check your child’s oral development for COMMON PROBLEMS with the teeth and bite. Identifying and addressing problems early like overcrowded teeth or jaw misalignment allows us to take advantage of your child’s natural growth and development. For example, we can guide the growth and development of your child’s jaws to help ensure that the permanent teeth will come in straight and the jaws grow in the correct alignment.
How Can My Child Benefit from Early Treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment offers a slew of benefits including:
- Can improve your child’s appearance for greater self-confidence
- Can help ensure that your child can bite & chew food efficiently for better nutrition and overall health
- Can help your child avoid more complex and costly treatment later in life
- Can correct harmful oral habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
- Can guide the permanent teeth into their proper positions
- Can guide the growth and development of the jawbones
- Can lower the risk of damage or breakage to protruding front teeth
Contact Your Clovis Orthodontist
At Orthodontics Exclusively, we have three convenient OFFICE LOCATIONS in Merced and Fresno to make it easy for parents to bring their kids in for the early treatment they need!
If your child is around the age of 7, we encourage you to REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT today to set up your child’s FIRST VISIT with us so we can conduct an orthodontic examination. Even if you’re told after the examination that your child doesn’t need to wear braces right away, our doctors will still monitor your child’s growth and development to determine when the time is right to start treatment. We hope to hear from you soon!