June 24, 2019
There is no doubt that regrets in life are hard to take. But when that regret involves your child, it’s doubly hard. Dr. Stephanie Crise has watched this scenario play out more than once in her career and clearly remembers the one with a mom in tears.
She recalls, “A mom brought her little girl to us who was about 9 years old at the time. We examined her and found that the child had a significant need for overbite correction. Mom was advised that early Phase I treatment was recommended to correct the problem.”
However, the family’s dentist convinced them such treatment was not necessary until the child was older. Sure enough, the girl returned to our orthodontist office when she was around 12 years of age, ready for full braces (which is called Phase II treatment). The jaw issue was still present but the difference now was that the window of opportunity had closed in which it could be taken care of with orthodontics alone. A child’s skeleton has fused by this time in his/her development and therefore jaw surgery was now the only way to treat the problem successfully.
This is when the mom’s tears began. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be evaluated by a pediatric orthodontist between the ages of 7 and 8 and this story illustrates the reason for that. Many children may not need early treatment, however it is important to monitor them as they grow. For others, early orthodontic treatment can make all the difference including keeping them out of the operating room! Orthodontic treatment is about more than just straightening teeth for a beautiful smile.
It can be necessary for overbite or underbite correction, for proper biting and chewing, to correct habits like thumb-sucking and tongue thrusting, to encourage clear speech, as well as making sure there is a good path for incoming permanent teeth. Smiles Hollywood Orthodontics does not charge for the first evaluation of children at this pivotal age of 7 or 8. Isn’t it easier to have the peace of mind that your child’s mouth and jaw are developing properly rather than to have regrets later? Visit us at SmilesHollywood.com.