Early Examination


Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at the appropriate time ensures the best potential result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but sequenced examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.

Some of the most direct results of early interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Achieving compatible arch forms and sizes
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
  • Guiding teeth to erupt properly
  • Timely loss of baby teeth for better eruption of the permanent teeth
  • Relieving crossbites and bite interferences
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Reed can carefully monitor growth and development to determine when timing for treatment is ideal.