Early Orthodontic Treatment Lays The Foundation For A Lifetime Of Healthy Smiles

Early orthodontic treatment, or interceptive orthodontics, is a proactive approach to addressing orthodontic issues in children before they become more complex. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to when early orthodontic treatment should start, at Green Valley Orthodontics in Putnam, CT, we generally recommend having an initial evaluation by our orthodontist around the age of seven.

What does early orthodontic treatment involve?

Early orthodontic treatment involves using braces, retainers, or other orthodontic appliances to correct problems with the alignment and positioning of teeth and jaw growth in children. The specific treatment plan will depend on the child's unique needs and issues diagnosed during the initial evaluation.

Common issues addressed through early orthodontic treatment include:

  • Overcrowding: When there isn't enough space in the mouth for teeth to erupt properly.
  • Crossbites: Misalignment of upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed.
  • Overbites and Underbites: Problems with the vertical alignment of the upper and lower teeth.
  • Protruding Front Teeth: Correcting the protrusion of front teeth to prevent injury and improve aesthetics.

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment:

Addressing issues early can prevent more serious dental problems requiring extensive treatment later in life. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and maintain, reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Early treatment can improve facial symmetry and boost a child's self-esteem. Guiding jaw development at a young age can lead to better facial proportions and reduce the risk of jaw surgery in the future. Addressing problems early may mean less time spent in braces or other orthodontic appliances later on. Correcting issues with the position of teeth can lead to better speech development in children.

Contact us today to book an appointment for your child. By addressing dental problems early, parents can help their children achieve a healthy, confident smile that lasts a lifetime.

Contact Green Valley Orthodontics in Putnam About Early Orthodontic Treatment Today!

  • Prevent more extensive treatment in the future
  • Make your child’s teeth easier to clean
  • Improve facial aesthetics
  • Enhance your child’s speech
  • Boost your child’s self-confidence!