DANIEL A. AVANT, D.D.S., M.S.D., P.C.

Colorado Springs and Alamosa Orthodontics for Adults & Children

685 Citadel Dr. East, Suite 312, Colorado Springs, CO 80909  (719) 596-1363
595 Chapel Hills Dr. Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (719) 596-1363
3211 Main St. Suite A, Alamosa, CO 81101  (719) 589-5804

Early Orthodontics Treatment

Dr. Daniel Avant - Early Treatment for Orthodontics and Braces

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
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 vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
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 optimal time for screening?
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 interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment 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

Are you 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. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile - it creates a healthier you.

Dr. Daniel Avant - Early Treatment for Orthodontics and Braces - Phase One treatment

Dr. Daniel Avant - Early Treatment for Orthodontics and Braces - Phase One treatment

Share this page...

 

  • Newsletter

    Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest news in the field of Orthodontics and in Avant Orthodontics.

    Sign Up!

  • Three Locations

    Three convenient locations: two offices in Colorado Springs and one office in Alamosa in order to give you the best Orthodontics service available.

    Get directions:

  • Follow Us

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

      
  • Access Account

    Access your account and Appointment Information:

Avant Orthodontics, the first choice for braces and Orthodontic care in Colorado Springs and Alamosa
685 Citadel Dr. East, Suite 312, Colorado Springs, CO 80909  (719) 596-1363
595 Chapel Hills Dr. Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (719) 596-1363
3211 Main St. Suite A, Alamosa, CO 81101  (719) 589-5804