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Early & Adolescent Orthodontic Treatment

Early and adolescent orthodontic treatment plays a pivotal role in ensuring optimal dental health and a confident smile for children. The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends that children’s first orthodontic evaluation should occur no later than age seven. Drs. Zachary Mellion, Alex Mellion and Joseph Mellion emphasize the importance of this early screening, taking a proactive approach that allows them to identify potential issues at their earliest stages of development, facilitating timely intervention and minimizing the need for extensive treatment later on. Treatment after these early evaluations may not be necessary, but it allows our orthodontists and team to anticipate when the most advantageous time to begin treatment will be.

Early Orthodontic Treatment

At age seven, children typically experience the eruption of their first adult molars, which establishes the foundation of their bite. During this critical period, our orthodontists can assess various tooth relationships, such as front-to-back and side-to-side alignment, providing valuable insights into potential concerns like overbites, open bites, crowding or gummy smiles. Early detection enables us to devise personalized treatment plans tailored to each child’s unique needs, ultimately optimizing the outcome of orthodontic intervention.

The benefits of early orthodontic evaluation are manifold. By intervening proactively, our orthodontists can:

  • Guide proper growth and development, reducing the possibility of more severe issues down the road
  • Create space for crowded teeth
  • Influence jaw growth for facial symmetry
  • Preserve room for unerupted teeth
  • Reduce the likelihood of traumatic injuries to protruding front teeth
  • Minimize the need for tooth extractions, thereby streamlining the overall treatment process

Adolescent Orthodontic Treatment

While early intervention lays the groundwork for healthy dental development, adolescence marks another opportune period for orthodontic treatment. Typically occurring between the ages of 11 and 15, this phase aligns with the eruption of most permanent teeth, allowing our skilled orthodontists to address issues like crooked teeth, gaps and malocclusions effectively. Teenagers, influenced by peer dynamics, often embrace orthodontic solutions like braces or Invisalign® clear aligners, facilitating treatment acceptance and adherence. Additionally, the rapid growth and metabolism characteristic of this age group can expedite treatment progress, leading to shorter overall treatment length and enhanced comfort during their orthodontic journey.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment

To schedule your child’s appointment and learn more about early and adolescent orthodontic treatment in Fairlawn and Medina, Ohio, please contact Mellion Orthodontics and speak with a member of our team.

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