Early Orthodontic Treatment

Cosmetic and family dentist in Woodbury, NY

Orthodontics can correct issues with the alignment and spacing of teeth and jaws at any age. However, there are benefits to beginning treatment while teeth are still developing.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Though treatment may not be needed now, early intervention allows Dr. Herman to monitor your child’s teeth as they grow. This way, we can ensure timely detection of any orthodontic issues.

Early detection of issues allows more efficient and effective treatment. Your child’s first adult molars begin to erupt around age 7. These molars establish the back of the bite and proper alignment for the teeth. This provides the framework for evaluating the relationships between the front and back teeth and between the left and right side teeth.

By screening at age 7, Dr. Herman can watch for potential issues as teeth develop. Some of these orthodontic issues may include:

  • Overbite – top teeth sit substantially further forward than bottom teeth when teeth are closed
  • Underbite – bottom teeth sit further forward than top teeth when teeth are closed
  • Open bite – front teeth do not come together when back teeth are closed
  • Cross bite – top teeth do not properly align with bottom teeth
  • Crowding – teeth overlap and become crooked due to lack of space

There are many immediate and long-term advantages to interceptive treatment. Some of the benefits early orthodontic intervention can provide include:

  • Correcting teeth crowding
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Minimizing risk for trauma by correcting protruding front teeth
  • Providing sufficient space for newly-erupting teeth
  • Preventing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing duration of treatment for adolescent or adult orthodontics
  • Improving self-esteem and confidence

If you have a child aged 7 or older who needs orthodontic evaluation, contact our office to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

VISIT OUR WOODBURY DENTAL OFFICE

Woodbury Dentist

800 Woodbury Rd Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797

AdvancedDentistryofLongIsland.com
(516) 921-8010

Hours

Mon-Tues-Wed, Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Sat: 8 am – 3 pm
Closed Thursday - Dr. Herman teaches at North Shore University Hospital/ Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Available 24 hours a day for emergencies

Read Our WOODBURY Dental Blog

Cosmetic and family dentist in Woodbury, NY

Woodbury NY Dentist | Eating While Healing

June 25, 2019

Our experienced oral surgeon provides excellent results and works to minimize the time required for your mouth to heal following surgery. However, any oral surgery will require you to take extra care of your mouth for at least a few days afterward. If you are preparing for oral surgery, it […]

More >>

Woodbury NY Dentist | Jaw Surgery: How Our Team Can Help You

June 18, 2019

Most people understand the importance of health, plenty of exercise, a proper diet, and regular check-ups. But let’s be honest, jaw alignment is not commonly thought about when referring to overall health and well-being. Most people don’t realize just how important having an aligned smile is to your health. If […]

More >>
Marc W. Herman, DDS