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The Magic Age 7 for Early Prevention

Some things in life are out of your control, like discovering that Safeway ran out of your favorite chewy candies right after finally getting your braces off, or finding out that Dr. Struble can’t offer you hot pink braces with kitties on them.

Both are disappointing circumstances, but there was nothing you could’ve done to avoid them. On the other hand, there are things you can prevent from happening. Like breaking a tooth on hard candy you knew not to chew, or learning the importance of wearing your retainer, after your second set of braces!

Precautions are precautions for a reason.  At Struble Orthodontics, we know that early prevention is the key to avoiding undesirable and potentially costly situations later on down the road. That’s why we offer complimentary consultations to all of our patients, and early orthodontic treatment to our youngest patients.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. We consider age 7 the magic number for early prevention! Most children lose all their teeth by age 13. After this point, the jawbones harden and stop growing, causing orthodontic procedures to take more time and often creating a need for tooth extraction or oral surgery. Receiving orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no need for extraction or surgery in the years to come.

How to tell if your child may need early orthodontic treatment:

  • Early to late loss of baby teeth (before or after ages 5-13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking their thumb after age 5
  • Speech impediments
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all
  • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes their mouth (crossbites)
  • Crowded front teeth at age 7-8

Early prevention can correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems and make room for permanent teeth to come in properly.  This lessens the chance of extractions, thereby saving you time, money and grief in the future. If your child is between the ages of 7 and 8 and shows signs of needing early orthodontic care, please contact our practice so we can take the next steps in caring for your child’s smile. Then we’ll talk about the hot pink braces with kittens on them!

1 Response to The Magic Age 7 for Early Prevention

Jhuita says:

I did the traditional ordhitontoc braces (metal) as an adult around 7 years ago. Took around 18 months of religious adherence to elastic applications and watching what I ate to get it done. Given the magnitude of the changes I needed, I was not even offered the retainer' style invisible option. I was even warned that at some point a post' might be needed that was anchored in my skull' for providing a force reference. Yikes. In the end, by following directions and doing everything I was asked, I think I wrapped things up in 18 months. I am delighted I did it and I STILL wear the retainer nightly. (It looks like the invisiline product you are describing). For the 5-6K I invested in the treatment, I'm highly motivated to keep my retainers in use. It was not a fun 18 months, but the outcome was well, well worth it for me. Whatever direction you choose, follow the guidance you are given and I'm sure you will be pleased with the outcome. If only I had that discipline when I was teenaged and the treatment less harsh and less costly (to me). Good luck Duane drop me an email if you want to discuss anything further happy to relate my ortho experiences.

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