Thank you very much for taking the time to look at Elliot's case. We were impressed with your office and staff. You're certainly on the right track. As Elliot said "that guy really knows his stuff!"

- Barry R.

Early Treatment

 

Learn More About Your Child’s Orthodontic Journey

At Martinez Orthodontics, we believe in evaluating patients as early as possible in order to quickly diagnose orthodontic issues and develop the most efficient course of treatment possible. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends bringing your child in for an evaluation no later than age 7, even though beginning treatment may not be necessary at this time. We offer free new patient consultations, and provide you with diagnostic photos and x-rays that can be copied for your dentist.

boy smiling with bracesWhy Should My Child Be Screened?

By age 7, the first permanent incisors (front teeth) and back molars will have erupted, establishing the back bite. At your initial appointment, Dr. Martinez can identify common orthodontic issues, such as overcrowding, too much space between the teeth, overbites, crossbites, and gummy smiles. By quickly identifying growth and development issues, we will be able to determine the best time to begin treatment, and discuss the types of appliances that will be used to give your child a beautiful smile.

There are are both physical and behavioral signs to look out for in your children, that can be early indicators they may need treatment. Noteworthy signs and habits include the following:

  • Difficulty chewing and eating
  • Often biting the cheeks or roof of the mouth
  • Crowded, displaced, hidden, and disproportionate teeth
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Misaligned jaw

Advantages of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Crooked teeth and misaligned jaws can cause many oral health issues, leaving patients more susceptible to issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and chipping. Early intervention can prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the teeth, and give your children a better quality of life. There are many other advantages of getting an early start on orthodontic treatment, such as:

  • Guide the growth of the jaws and erupting adult teeth
  • Gain or preserve space for incoming permanent teeth
  • Reduce or eliminate chewing, swallowing, and speech issues
  • Overall reduction in cost and treatment time
  • Create facial symmetry, improving appearance and self-esteem

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Martinez Today!

Whether you’re looking for a Cincinnati orthodontist for your child, or you want to improve your smile with Invisalign, Martinez Orthodontics is here to assist you. Feel free to call our office at (513) 598-9800 if you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!