Dr. Andy Bennion knows how important your children are to you. That's why he encourages you to bring them in for an early orthodontic examination by age 7. This is also the appropriate age that is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists, too. Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period. Beginning treatment during this early time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.
Early detection and treatment can prevent your child from needing costly and time-consuming dental care in the future, and it has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. Because a young child's permanent teeth have not finished erupting, we are able to thoroughly evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships and address any impending problems at its earliest stage.
During your child's initial evaluation, Dr. Bennion will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as potential crowding, openbite, overbite or a crossbite. It is possible that immediate treatment is not necessary at the time or even at all. However, if treatment is indicated, Dr. Bennion will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that will prove to be the most beneficial for his/her specific case.
You'll be happy to know that Dr. Bennion always looks at conservative treatment options first. He uses the latest interceptive methods to correct problems before they progress badly and require surgical correction. These include expansion devices, Hawley retainers, Essex retainers, habit appliances and the Herbst™ appliance.
Orthodontics will give your child a beautiful, straight smile, but ultimately, orthodontics creates a healthier child. Make a beautiful smile possible for your child. Schedule an orthodontic exam and consultation with Dr. Bennion today!