Posted on December 16th, 2015 12:30 pm
The enthusiasm that Dr. McLaughlin and the Team have for orthodontics is pretty easy to see, and they think it’s really important to have your child evaluated for treatment at an early age – even though they often recommend waiting for treatment. Early Treatment enables coordination of the size of the teeth and jaws, as they develop. In some cases, early, interceptive treatment is recommended in order to eliminate the need for tooth extraction or jaw surgery at a later age.
What are the advantages of Interceptive Treatment?
- Corrects thumb and finger sucking habits
- Improves facial balance through influencing jaw growth
- Gains or maintains space for erupting teeth
- Reduces length of treatment, if required when the child is older
The optimum time for Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment is when a patient has baby teeth, or a mixed dentition (baby and permanent teeth). A patient may require more than one phase of interceptive orthodontic treatment.
Dr. McLaughlin is trained to identify subtle problems with jaw growth and eruption of teeth. Early detection of orthodontic problems may simplify treatment, and result in shorter treatment times. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have erupted, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult.
Dr. McLaughlin will monitor your child’s growth and decide on the optimum time to begin treatment. In most cases, he will recommend waiting until your child has all of his/her adult teeth (usually around age 12). In any case, your complimentary initial consultation is the best way to find out what’s right for your child.