Seeking orthodontic care early on can improve oral health
by Ortho Tribune
A recent study by the American Association of Orthodontists estimates that more than 1 million people in the United States and Canada are wearing braces every year. New Jersey orthodontist Dr. Patrick Cuozzo says patients who decide to undergo corrective treatment for misaligned teeth at an early age are more likely to lessen total treatment time, promote proper bone growth, and improve oral health.
Cuozzo, a board-certified orthodontist and Elite Provider of Invisalign in New Jersey, says patients who undergo a procedure such as Invisalign or clear braces while they are still young can achieve a healthier, more structurally appealing mouth. While the AAO study also reports that only one in five orthodontic patients are adults, Cuozzo adds that correcting misaligned teeth early can lessen the total treatment time required, promote proper bone growth, and improve overall oral health.
By the time children have developed most of their permanent teeth, Cuozzo says he recommends parents begin consulting with an orthodontist, as childhood is the optimal time for identifying future dental concerns and guiding teeth in the proper direction for healthy development. He says orthodontic treatment early on can also help reduce the risk of future complications such as impacted teeth, the need for permanent tooth extractions, and other invasive dental treatments.
For patients seeking braces in Orange County California, Dr. Mark Sayed in San Juan Capistrano also encourages parents to bring in their children at an early age. Dr. Sayed and the American Association of Orthodontics recommend your child’s first visit should be no later than seven years old.
The earlier an orthodontist can identify teeth movement, the more accurate he or she will be at predicting the right course of action for treatment, thus yielding the most effective results.