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When to consult / start treatment ?

The American Association of orthodontists recommends that all children get an orthodontic checkup no later than age seven. Although only a few orthodontic problems need correcting at that age, an early exam allows the dentist to offer advice and guidance as to when the appropriate age to start treatment. Dr. Lyons’ goal is to time the beginning of treatment when:

1- it will render the best results (facial aesthetics, less relapse potential).

2- treatment time will be shortened (adult teeth have erupted).

3- growth is occurring rapidly (for correction of skeletal problems).

Sometimes, it may be beneficial to correct certain problems early: Interceptive treatment often translates into a shortened, facilitated and more cost effective orthodontic treatment later.

For children with skeletal problems (ex.: overbite) it is often best to start near or at the pubertal age. (approximate ages: 10 to 12 for girls and 12 to 14 for boys). This is when the body grows the fastest and changes will be seen more rapidly.

However, we’ll also take into account that the treatment can not be finished until all the adult teeth have erupted so we are likely to postpone things until all the baby teeth have fallen out (unless the problem is severe). However, in some cases it can be detrimental to wait too long.

Failure to treat before the end of growth can mean the need for camouflage treatment (extraction of certain teeth) or Maxillo-facial surgery for the correction of severe skeletal problems.

Our consultation is FREE, so it is better to consult too early rather than too late.

   

When to consult / start treatment ?

The American Association of orthodontists recommends that all children get an orthodontic checkup no later than age seven. Although only a few orthodontic problems need correcting at that age, an early exam allows the dentist to offer advice and guidance as to when the appropriate age to start treatment. Dr. Lyons’ goal is to time the beginning of treatment when:

1- it will render the best results (facial aesthetics, less relapse potential).
2- treatment time will be shortened (adult teeth have erupted).
3- growth is occurring rapidly (for correction of skeletal problems).

Sometimes, it may be beneficial to correct certain problems early: Interceptive treatment often translates into a shortened, facilitated and more cost effective orthodontic treatment later.

For children with skeletal problems (ex.: overbite) it is often best to start near or at the pubertal age. (approximate ages: 10 to 12 for girls and 12 to 14 for boys). This is when the body grows the fastest and changes will be seen more rapidly.

However, we’ll also take into account that the treatment can not be finished until all the adult teeth have erupted so we are likely to postpone things until all the baby teeth have fallen out (unless the problem is severe). However, in some cases it can be detrimental to wait too long.

Failure to treat before the end of growth can mean the need for camouflage treatment (extraction of certain teeth) or Maxillo-facial surgery for the correction of severe skeletal problems.

Our consultation is FREE, so it is better to consult too early rather than too late.