The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that a child be seen by an Orthodontist by age 7. Most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14, however, by age 7 most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth.
Dr. Wertz can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That is important, because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are found early.
While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Of course, the check-up may reveal that you child’s bite is fine, and that can be good news. Even if a problem is detected, Dr. Wertz may not recommend immediate treatment. Chances are he will take a “wait-and-see” approach, checking on your child from time to time as the permanent teeth come in and the jaws and face continue to grow.
For each patient who needs treatment, there is an ideal time for treatment to begin in order to achieve the best results. Dr. Wertz is the specialist who has the knowledge to determine when the time is just right.
Early treatment gives Dr. Wertz the chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improve the way lips meet
Achieving healthy, beautiful smiles is a team effort that involves Dr. Wertz, the family dentist, the patient and the parents.