When Emerson Hill orthodontist, Dr. John Graziano, recommends that you bring your children in for an orthodontic screening at the age of seven, you may be wondering if this is too early. While many children at the age of seven are still getting their permanent teeth in, around this age the first adult molars erupt, which establish the back bite. During this time, your Emerson Hill orthodontist at Graziano Orthodontics can evaluate your child’s mouth. They’ll be inspecting the side-to-side tooth relationships, as well as front-to-back, all to ensure that every tooth grows in properly and the bite is normal.
If it is decided that your child could benefit from orthodontics at this age, Dr. Graziano will recommend interceptive treatment, which can carefully monitor tooth and jaw growth and development. There are many advantages to interceptive orthodontic treatment, including, but not limited to: creating room for crowded, erupting teeth; creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth; reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth; preserving space for un-erupted teeth, which reduces the need for extractions; and reducing treatment time with braces. Early orthodontic evaluations at Graziano Orthodontics provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment.
At Graziano Orthodontics located in Staten Island, we understand that every patient is unique and has individual dental needs. But more importantly, we have a keen understanding of how to help our patients achieve straight and beautiful smiles. Whether you’re a parent bringing in your young child for an orthodontic evaluation, or an adult seeking orthodontic treatment for the first time, we can help you achieve a beautiful smile. From treating overbites, underbites, crowding, or uneven tooth spacing, the orthodontic experts at Graziano Orthodontics are here to help.