Early Treatment

Starting Treatment With Your Chattanooga Orthodontist

At McDaniel Orthodontics, we understand that deciding to begin the process of orthodontic treatment for your child can be a scary one. Parents that are new to the world of orthodontics are sure to have many questions with the main one being, “when is the best time to start?” Our doctors and staff are always happy to help our patients in the Chattanooga, Jasper and Cleveland areas answer those tough questions. If you think that your child may be a candidate for early treatment, we encourage you to read the literature below.

When Is The Best Time To Start Orthodontic Treatment?

Though our doctors can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest 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 vigilant examination by Dr. McDaniel can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

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. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

How Will An Early Evaluation With Dr. McDaniel Benefit My Child?

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. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Benefits of Interceptive Treatment

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • 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 unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

When you bring your child in for an evaluation at our Chattanooga, Jasper or Cleveland office, you will have the opportunity to ask the doctors any questions you may have as far as early treatment and its benefits.

Bring Your Child In For An Evaluation Today!

If you have further questions about orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to browse the rest of our website or feel free to contact our Chattanooga, Jasper or Cleveland offices. Our doctors and staff are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We hope to see you in our office soon for an evaluation!