Giving the gift of a beautiful smile achieved through our method of functional orthodontics can provide a strong foundation for your child’s confidence and long-term health. As a specialist in growth and development an experienced orthodontist is able to detect any deficiencies in the growth cycle and understand the profound benefits of early intervention. That’s why Dr. Shah and the American Association of Orthodontists agree the age of 7 is ideal for your child’s first orthodontic evaluation. By the age of 7, the upper jaw is significantly developed and we are able to make a diagnosis before a problem becomes more complex. If the upper jaw is too narrow, permanent teeth can be blocked from erupting and the lower jaw will not be able to grow properly. It is not necessary to wait until all the baby teeth are lost; the sooner room is made for the erupting permanent teeth, the better the chance they will fit in the mouth naturally without requiring extractions.
But please don’t worry if your child is over 7, it’s never too late! However, you may not want to wait for your dentist to recommend an evaluation. Let the expert in growth and development help you decide if it’s time to give your child the gift of a beautiful, healthy smile. A complimentary exam with Dr. Shah will give you the information you need to know about your child’s individual needs.
What makes the functional method of orthodontics different? One thing is that we use expanders (removable or fixed) which widen the upper arch to a more natural proportion, thereby removing the obstacle for proper growth and development. Another is that before you begin treatment, you will be given a total treatment fee for accomplishing the final orthodontic result. This eliminates the unknowns about fees for later phases of treatment. One fee, one great result, no surprises.
Advantages of early orthodontic treatment: