Orthodontics

  • At what age should your child have an orthodontic evaluation?

    You may be surprised to learn that it is very important and be done at an early age. Dr.Bechtloff can than determine if orthodontic treatment will be required and the best time for your child to be treated.

  • Why are children being evaluated at such an early age?

    If early treatment is indicated, DrB can guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment, after all the permanent teeth erupt.

  • Does early orthodontic treatment benefit all children?

    Early treatment does not necessarily benefit all children. Certain types of orthodontic problems can be more easily and efficiently corrected in the teen years when all the permanent teeth have erupted. Some skeletal orthodontic problems should not be addressed until growth is more advanced or completed. DrB can develop a plan for treatment based on each individual child’s needs.

  • If a child has treatment early, will this prevent the need for braces as an adolescent?

    Early treatment can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent more severe problems from developing, and simplify future treatment. Because all of the permanent teeth have not yet erupted when early orthodontic treatment is performed, their final alignment may not have been corrected. Typically, a shortened comprehensive phase of treatment (Phase II – full braces or Invisalign) in the teen years, after all the permanent teeth have erupted, completes the correction. However, in some circumstances, further orthodontic treatment may not be indicated.