Early Treatment

Kids Orthodontist in Dothan AL

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At Wiregrass Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile they feel proud to show off – and we proudly help our patients achieve that through quality, convenient orthodontic care. As a premier orthodontic practice serving the Dothan, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL areas, we're proud to treat patients of all ages with braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontic treatments. While most of our patients are teenagers and adults looking to revitalize their smile, sometimes the best way to achieve a healthy smile in the long term is to start early – and that's where early orthodontic treatment can help.

When Should My Child First See an Orthodontist?

In keeping with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that all parents bring their children in for an initial appointment at age 7. At this age, the back bite has grown in, which allows to spot any current problems or problems that may develop in the future. We may or may not elect to start treatment at this age – often, we find it's best to just wait and see how the teeth develop, then choose the ideal time to start treatment. In some cases, however, we'll recommend starting right away with early (interceptive) orthodontic treatment.

How Does Early Orthodontic Treatment Help?

For some children, early treatment is the best way to achieve a great smile in the least amount of time. This is because during childhood, the bones in the jaw and mouth haven't fully set into place, so we can make changes to the jaws and facial structure that are impossible to make during adolescence without surgery. This means intervening early on allows us to create a great smile while minimizing the amount of orthodontic treatment your child needs.

What Conditions Can Early Orthodontic Treatment Help?

There are a number of specific orthodontic conditions that may warrant early orthodontic treatment, including:

  • Crowding
  • Overbite
  • Open Bite
  • Gummy Smile
  • Crossbite

Dr. Howell may use any combination or braces, Invisalign, retainers, or other orthodontic appliances like palatal expanders to correct any problems present. In any case, the treatment your child receives early on will help to lessen the overall amount of time they need to spend in braces.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Enterprise, AL Children's Orthodontist

We're proud to help countless children develop beautiful, healthy smiles every day at our office, and if your child is approaching age 7 or in need of an orthodontic evaluation, we would be thrilled to help. Call us today at (334) 792-1000 with any questions about our practice, or if you'd like to bring your child in for an appointment, you can request one using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child develop a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime!

Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists

  • Dothan Office - 100 O’Brannon Park Dr., Dothan, AL 36303 Phone: 334-792-1000
  • Enterprise Office - 557 Glover Ave. #1, Enterprise, AL 36330 Phone: 334-347-6777
  • Ozark Office - 317 James St., Ozark, AL 36360 Phone: 334-792-1000

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