Treatment Timing What’s the best way to time your treatment? It is never too early to visit your dentist. In fact, the earlier parents train their children in practicing good oral hygiene, the more beneficial it is for the family because this will result in excellent oral health and lesser
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child as young as 7 be taken for orthodontic evaluation. This way, the child’s oral health and development can be monitored and treatment can be undertaken if necessary.
Many progressive treatments are available for children as young as 7 to 11. Since this is the period when they are rapidly developing physically, jaw irregularities, if present, can be corrected before they reach a stage where it will be harder to treat their dental concerns.
Diagnostic and treatment
Proper diagnosis is important to successful treatment. When it comes to dental diagnosis, orthodontic x-rays, photographs and models will form part of your medical records. The dentist will base the treatment plan according to the gathered information. The patient’s orthodontic treatment will commence as soon as all the tests, exams and other requirements have been completed and evaluated.
The length of treatment varies from patient-to-patient. For braces, the time frame is from 6 months to 3 years. During the treatment period, make sure that you follow instructions from your dentist, maintain good oral hygiene and eat a balanced diet.
After the braces have been taken off, the patient is required to wear retainers to hold the position of teeth in place. Otherwise, the teeth will just go back to its original position.
When it comes to oral health, regular visits to your dentist can determine if you need orthodontic treatment. The treatment timing can help greatly in the success of your dental treatment. The sooner you get it, the better.