Early Treatment

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When you’re looking for an orthodontist in Calvert County, Dr. Krishnan Orthodontics strives to be your choice for all of your orthodontic needs. Dr. Krishnan and his staff are proud to provide high-quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages.  If you have a young child and are concerned that they may have developing orthodontic issues, we encourage you to call our office and set up an exam.

When is the Best Time to Begin Orthodontics?

While an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there’s actually a specific answer to that question. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should have their first screening at the age of seven. By seven years of age, the first adult molars erupt and establish the back bite. When this happens, an orthodontist can accurately assess a child’s side-to-side and front-to-back tooth relationships.

Also, beginning treatment at this time will generally ensure the greatest result and limit the time and expense of the procedures that need to be done. It’s important to recognize that an early evaluation doesn’t always mean early treatment. In many cases, if orthodontic work is needed, we will simply monitor your child’s progress and growth patterns over a course of time until we determine that it’s the perfect time to start the procedure

What Are the Advantages of Preventative Treatment?

Early and preventative treatment is very beneficial for a number of different reasons. By utilizing early treatment, we can:

  • Reduce treatment time with braces
  • Create room for crowded and erupting teeth
  • Preserve space for teeth that are yet to erupt
  • Create facial symmetry
  • Lessen the chance of trauma to the front teeth

What Are Some Specific Problems Early Treatment Can Fix?

Early orthodontic treatment can fix many different problems. Some of these problems that we can correct in our office include:

Crossbites – This is a condition where the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth. In order to treat this problem, a palatal expander will usually be used. This is a device that gradually and painlessly widens the upper jaw.

Severe Crowding – Crowding occurs when a patient’s jaws are too small to accommodate all of the permanent teeth. A palatal expander can help in this case or even tooth extraction.

Underbites – An underbite is when the lower jaw grows much larger than the upper jaw and ends up causing bite problems. Orthodontic appliances such as braces or headgear can correct this type of bad bite.

Protruding Front Teeth – When teeth are protruding too much, they can be prone to chipping or fractures. Braces or headgear can remedy this problem.

Bad Oral Habits – Several bad habits a child may pick up include thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and mouth breathing. Each of these habits can actually be a detriment to a child’s long-term development and function of the teeth and jaws if they go on for too long. Through our various orthodontic treatments, we can help correct these problems. The sooner your child is brought in to be treated, the less damage they will likely cause.

Contact Your Orthodontist Today!

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, feel free to give us a call at (410) 535-2332 or fill out our appointment request form. If you have any other questions, we encourage you to contact us. We look forward to putting your child on the path to a lifetime of great oral health!