Clearly, there is a great advantage in treating many orthodontic problems at an early age:
They and their peers know the eventual outcome and they’re proud of their braces.
- it reduces treatment time in adolescent years.
- it reduces the need for patient cooperation.
- it reduces the need for extraction of permanent teeth.
and 1/5 of patients in our practice do not even need a phase II treatment. An added plus is that most children don’t need to be urged into treatment; they are curious and usually welcome braces.
The orthodontist’s goal is to balance and harmonize the patient’s growth at this very important early age. Having nicely aligned teeth is a small yet important part of the evaluation of a successfully treated case; however, the true measure of success is reflected in the total dentofacial balance achieved. With early treatment this balance is most often dramatically improved.
Successful orthodontic care is a wise investment. It may reduce the cost of future dental care and it can contribute to comfort, good health, improved appearance and enhances self-esteem. The psychological benefits of orthodontic treatment are lifelong and invaluable. The orthodontic specialist shapes health—not just teeth. There is a difference.