The Benefits of Early Treatment

The Benefits of Early Treatment
Posted on 05/22/2016
kids againWhen most people think of orthodontic treatment, they picture a teenager wearing the familiar brackets of traditional metal braces.

 

There's some truth in this perception; the majority of our patients are adolescents, and adolescent orthodontic treatment carries a number of advantages and benefits. For some conditions, though, it's better to start early. That's where early orthodontic treatment is for.

Intervention for a More Beautiful Smile

Early orthodontic treatment, also called interceptive treatment, usually happens somewhere between the ages of seven and nine. Its main purpose is to correct certain aspects of your child’s bite or smile before those issues develop into severe problems. In many cases, interceptive treatment can eliminate the need for more intense procedures later on, helping to shave time off future orthodontic treatments and save you money.

So when should your child be evaluated for early orthodontic treatment? In keeping with the best practices of the American Association of Orthodontists, we ask that parents bring their children in to our Chicago or Vernon Hills office for an initial evaluation with their orthodontist by the age of seven. We may or may not start treatment (like braces) at that time. But by this age the back bite has developed, which allows our orthodontists to spot any current problems, or areas that may develop into problems down the line.

Overall, evaluating early lets your orthodontist monitor the growth and development of your child’s smile, which allows us to choose the perfect time to begin treatment.

Get Started Today 

Have more questions about interceptive treatment or want to bring your child in for an evaluation? We're always happy to help. Feel free to call us at (773) 545-5333 for our Chicago office or (847) 816-0633 for our Vernon Hills office. Or fill out our easy online form directly. We can't wait to help your child begin a journey toward a lifetime of healthy smiles.