Early Treatment

Thank you for choosing the doctors at Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics as your local orthodontists in Wayzata, Excelsior or Minnetonka. The doctors and staff at our practice work hard to ensure our younger patients are given the quality treatment they deserve in a friendly, welcoming environment. Your child’s teeth are our priority and we will do everything we can to make your child feel relaxed during their visits at our practice. Whether you are looking to schedule a consultation for your child, or begin treatment with the types of braces we offer, Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics has a treatment option that is right for you. Learn more about the benefits of beginning early treatment below.

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When is the best time to begin orthodontics for my child?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period 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 a thorough examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation for my child?

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, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 considered the best time for orthodontic screening for children?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. 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 early interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment for your child are:

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

Is my child a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the 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:

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

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

Call Our Practice Today

We promise to give your child the attention and excellent treatment they deserve. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please contact us at one of our three locations in Wayzata, Excelsior or Minnetonka. One of our team members would be happy to assist you. We look forward to seeing both you and your child in our office soon! 
 

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