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Phase I Treatment At Your Bala Cynwyd Orthodontic Office

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Dr. Moore and his incredible staff would like to take this opportunity to thank you for vising our website. We are proud to serve the communities of Mt. Airy and Bala Cynwyd in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Moore offers his patients multiple treatment options ranging from early treatment to adolescent treatment and even orthodontic treatment for adults. This includes traditional metal braces, In-Ovation R, In-Ovation C as well as the clear aligner system, Invisalign®. One of the many questions we always receive regards the perfect time to begin orthodontic treatment. If you think that your child might be in need of orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to read on about early orthodontic treatment.

When Is The Right Time?

You probably know that it's never too late to begin orthodontic treatment — but when it comes to your youngster's teeth; did you know that earlier may be better than later? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, kids should have an initial orthodontic screening at age 7. What makes early evaluation — and potentially, early treatment — so important?

There are several ways that kids can benefit from seeing an orthodontist at an early age. But it's important to recognize that early evaluation isn't necessarily followed by early treatment; in most cases, if orthodontic work is needed, we simply monitor your child's growth patterns until we see that it's time for treatment to begin. This gives us an opportunity to get the best results in the most efficient way, and to help prevent future problems.

Although every child's development is different, in most kids the first adult molars have typically started to emerge by around age six. This, along with other developmental markers, lets us get a handle on the basic alignment of the teeth, from front to back and side to side. It may also be possible at this point to determine whether there is adequate room in the mouth for all of the permanent teeth — and, if not, to take action.

When Earlier Treatment Is Most Necessary

Treatment for common orthodontic problems typically begins around age 9-14, when all of the baby teeth are gone and many of the permanent ones are in place. But there are some conditions that are much easier to treat if they're caught at an early age, when a child's natural growth processes are going full speed ahead. Some of these conditions are the following:

  • Severe Crossbite – A condition where the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth
  • Severe Crowding – This occurs when the jaws are too small to accommodate the number of permanent teeth.
  • Protruding Teeth – This can be an issue especially in the front, teeth can be prone to chipping and fractures
  • Severe Underbite – Caused by the lower jaw growing much larger than the upper jaw

Correcting Bad Habits

At one time or another, anyone may pick up a bad habit. But there are some situations where a youngster's parafunctional (detrimental to health) habits can actually influence the development and function of his or her teeth, jaws and mouth. Some examples of these are persistent thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing. The sooner a child is seen by an orthodontist, the sooner these bad habits can be corrected and improved upon.

Contact Moore Orthodontics Today!

We hope that we have answered any questions you may have had about early treatment in orthodontics. Should you have any further questions about orthodontic treatment, our practice or if you simply wish to book an appointment please do not hesitate to contact one of our offices. Moore Orthodontics proudly serves both the Mt. Airy and Bala Cynwyd areas of Philadelphia with orthodontic care. We hope to see you soon!