Early Orthodontic Treatment
Dr. Isaac Hakim and his skilled orthodontic team have been creating beautiful smiles for patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the Los Angeles area for over 30 years. With a unique orthospaceship setting, our West Hollywood office offers patients an exceptional orthodontic experience. We aim to create a fun, comfortable and welcoming environment for all our patients. Read on below for information about early orthodontic treatment.
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 which will ensure the best results and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child’s first orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but early examinations can help anticipate the best to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Dr. Hakim provides early evaluation in the hopes of detecting problems early and providing greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Dr. Hakim pays special attention to the airway and the effect that it could have on growth and development of jaw, and the possible relationship with snoring and sleep apnea. If orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Hakim will 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 and establish the back bite. During this time, Dr. Hakim can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side relationships of the teeth. 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:
- Opening the airway, thereby correcting mouth breathing habits.
- 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
Is your child 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.
Contact Our Los Angeles Orthodontic Office
We are committed to improving the smiles of our patients. If you are interested in scheduling an orthodontic appointment for you or your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our friendly staff is happy to help you schedule a consultation with our West Hollywood orthodontist or answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you!