At what age?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends
that all children be seen by their orthodontist by
no later than the age of seven.
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships.
Early diagnosis by the Drs. Moshiri can guide facial growth, help tooth eruption, and therefore prevent more serious problems from occurring at a later age. Certain bite problems are skeletal, not dental, in nature. If this is the case, orthopedics (via retainers, not braces) are used at a young age when a child is rapidly growing to address these issues.
The following are indications that an orthodontic problem may be present:
• Thumb and finger sucking
• Overlapped and crowded teeth
• Protrusion of upper front teeth
• Mouth breathing and snoring
The advantage and direct results of interceptive treatment are:
• Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
• Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
• Reducing the risk of trauma by attempting to perform skeletal correction at too late of an age (ie gum recession)
• Preserving space for unerupted teeth
• Reducing the risk of trauma from teeth that protrude excessively
• Reducing treatment time with braces
These are just a few of the early indications that orthodontic problems may exist. Please review the links at the bottom of this page and review the information and videos for correction of more specific orthodontic problems:
• Space/Arch Development– i.e.: crossbite and crowding intervention.
• Short Lower Jaw (Class II) Correction – i.e.: a short lower jaw.
• Long Lower Jaw (Class III) Correction – i.e.: a long lower jaw or short upper jaw.
In younger patients with a lot of crowding, due to either small/narrow dental arches or premature loss of teeth, early development and expansion of these arches, and space maintenance for erupting teeth, can help to avoid potential future extraction of permanent teeth, and facilitate a stable orthodontic correction.
Class II refers to an anteroposterior (AP) jaw discrepancy due to over development of the top jaw/protrusion of the upper teeth, from a small lower jaw, or combination of both. A patient who presents with this discrepancy has the apparent look of having a weak lower jaw and chin. Listed in this section are examples of some treatment modalities Moshiri Orthodontics regularly uses to treat Class II malocclusions.
Long Lower Jaw (Class III) Correction
An underbite, or a Class III bite orthodontically, can occur from one, or both, of two scenarios. Either the top jaw has not developed forward enough in its relationship with the lower jaw, or the lower jaw has grown forward excessively in its relationship to the top jaw. Early treatment of this type bite is recommended in order to attempt avoiding future jaw surgery to correct the issue. See an example of one type of appliance aimed at correcting this type of problem.