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s-braces3Dr. Engstrom is highly trained in children’s orthodontics, preventive orthodontic treatment, and dentofacial orthopedics (the guidance of facial development). While orthodontic treatment can be beneficial at any age, beginning treatment early ensures a healthy and beautiful smile for life.

Signs that may mean it is time to see an orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech impediments
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way, or even not at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Grinding or clinching of teeth

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal age to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Engstrom can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for a screening?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, front-to-back and side- to-side relationships can be evaluated. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Is your child a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not just for improving the look of your smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you!

Contact us or request an appointment today to schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if your child is a candidate for interceptive treatment.

Engstrom Orthodontics

  • Raleigh Office - 7200 Falls of Neuse Rd., Suite 201, Raleigh, NC 27615 Phone: 919.870.4443 Fax: 919.870.9434
  • Fuquay Varina Office - 421 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 Phone: 919.870.4443 Fax: 919.552.9931

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