The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have orthodontic evaluations by the age of seven, because this is the age when the six-year molars have usually erupted. At this time, crowding and skeletal problems can be accurately diagnosed and planned for orthodontic treatment.

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Why Summer is the Best Time for Orthodontic Evaluations

Scheduling anything during year is a hassle, we know it and you know it. Between school schedules, work, and everything in-between it’s hard to find time for any appointments. Something for parents to consider, though, is that Summer offers a break from hectic school schedules and extra curricular activities, making it an ideal time to get their child’s orthodontic needs evaluated and addressed ahead of schedule! It also gives children the opportunity to start the upcoming school year with a more confident smile.
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With new technologies in Orthodontics, braces are more discrete and comfortable than ever! However, even with these advances in Orthodontics, many people may still be uncomfortable with their appearance with braces. Having these procedures done in the Summer gives children time to grow comfortable with taking care of their braces and the way they look.

It’s Not All About Braces

Traditional orthodontic treatment (braces) may or may not be necessary, but clinical evidence of crowding, underbites, overjets, overbites and crossbites can best be evaluated and possibly treated at this age. When most people think of braces, they think of teenagers wearing traditional orthodontic brackets (braces) and wires. They don’t think of early preventive intervention:

Moving protruding front teeth back makes teeth less susceptible to traumatic injury from playing sports, or simply riding a bike around the neighborhood.

Improving the relationship between upper and lower jaw positions allows for more structured future growth and dental development.

Taking advantage of growth by orthopedically correcting skeletal problems, such as narrow dental arches, underbites, overbites, etc.

Eliminating or reducing the need for extractions of permanent teeth so that they take a more normal eruption path into the mouth.

Correcting harmful oral habits, such as mouth-breathing and finger-sucking.

Properly guiding the growth and development of the jaws preventing abnormal changes to the developing temporomandibular joints.

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Orthodontics Isn’t Just for Kids

What better way to get your child ready for Orthodontic Appointments than to have one yourself! At Snodgrass King Dental Associates, we take adults too! There are many things to consider when thinking about getting braces. First, adults make up about 30% of orthodontic patients. Here’s why:

Improved Technology: With orthodontic treatments evolving to be less noticeable, adults can now get the smile they’ve always wanted without having to deal with traditional braces!

Improved Dental Health: Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, as well as abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces, and difficulty in chewing. These factors affect your oral and physical health. So, why wait any longer? Come in to see us this summer and get the whole family on the right track to great oral health

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