When you consider the cost in both money and time in standard orthodontics, the value of orthodontic planning and evaluations becomes readily apparent. By taking an active approach in guiding your child’s tooth growth, our New Canaan orthodontist, Dr. Victor Pardi, can stem the need for more complicated orthodontic treatments later on.
When we talk about orthodontic planning and evaluations, keep in mind that children typically begin orthodontic treatment around the ages of 12 to 14. But waiting that long can lead to more severe problems that could have been addressed earlier with interceptive orthodontics. As young as age 7, our New Canaan orthodontist can begin to take a role in ensuring that your child’s teeth are spaced properly and that their occlusion (or bite) is normal. You can be proactive by bringing your child in for an evaluation and also by being aware of specific signs that can indicate a need for interceptive orthodontics. For example, if you see his or her teeth growing in crooked, problems with chewing, sucking of fingers or thumbs, misplaced teeth, or breathing through the mouth, you should call us and schedule an evaluation. In addition, tooth crowding, shifting jaw or a jaw that makes sounds when it moves, too much space between teeth, and baby teeth that either fall out early or stay in too long also mean that it is time to consider orthodontic planning and evaluation.
Orthodontic planning and evaluation allows your New Canaan orthodontist and you to get out ahead of your child’s orthodontic health. Problems that are ignored now can result in the need for braces, headgear, retainers, and other types of appliances in the future. There are several common methods that may be suggested to assist your child so that she or he has the best chances for positive result. Among these are an arch expansion, in which space is made for adult teeth to grow in without crowding. In some instances, however, one or more teeth may need to be extracted in order to provide adequate room for adult teeth to grow in. Dr. Pardi will discuss his recommendations with you along with the pros and cons so that the best decision possible can be made for your child.