Statistics from the American Association of Orthodontists show that almost 5 million Americans are going through some orthodontic treatment. This number includes both children and adults, with about 36 percent of the total over the age of 18.
In most cases, these treatments can correct the appearance of the smile and treated crooked or crowded teeth, along with bite issues including overbites, underbites and crossbites.
Orthodontics is not just about braces and straightening teeth; it is about improving the bite, bite health, the airway and much more.
But, when is the best time to begin treatment? Is it as an adult after everything “stops moving”? Or is it when you are younger and your smile is still developing?
We are advocates for early intervention and believe that starting orthodontic treatment early can help correct issues beyond cosmetic appearance and improve overall health.
The ideal time to treat orthodontic issues is before age 9 when the palate is done growing.
Not Just About Aesthetics
Modern orthodontics, sometimes called neuromuscular orthodontics, is not just about treating smile aesthetics. It’s also about treating jaw misalignment or malformation.
Treating these conditions helps to improve conditions such as sleep breathing disorders, teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), and mouth breathing.
Neuromuscular orthodontics can also prevent painful jaw conditions from developing, including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).
Early intervention can also help to protect overall health by reducing the risk of high blood pressure, cardiac conditions and diabetes — all conditions can that can develop as a consequence of sleep breathing disorders such as sleep apnea.
Many people who undergo orthodontic therapy also notice changes in their face that leave them looking more youthful and with their features in better proportion.
So, wondering when the best time for orthodontic treatment is for yourself or someone in your family? We recommend the sooner the better to ensure that the jaw is developing as it should.
That being said, it’s never too late to try orthodontic therapy to improve your smile and your health! We’d love to hear from you. Call Face ForWard Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation at 214-304-8485.