When your child is seen by age seven or eight, as recommended by our Association, we can best determine if early intervention is recommended or if waiting until all permanent teeth emerge is acceptable. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time, and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When orthodontic treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also expand the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, and reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth. It can correct habits such as thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, abnormal speech problems, and it can therefore simplify later treatment. It is entirely possible that a successful early course of treatment will reduce or eliminate the need for further treatment. However, this determination must be made separately for each patient.
Adults can benefit from the enhanced capabilities of the Damon® System to create broad, beautiful smiles while simultaneously correcting crowded teeth. In most cases, this is accomplished without extractions or surgery. Over 30% of our patients are adults. This is increasing as research confirms that adults understand that a straight, healthy smile will prolong their natural teeth and positively affect their long-term medical health and well-being. We work closely with your dentist when teeth are missing or need to be removed due to periodontal disease or infection. Prior to restoring the dentition and placement of implants or bridges, orthodontic treatment will optimize the position of the teeth within the dental arch, thus improving the stability and quality of the final result.