Many parents or caregivers ask about orthodontic treatment, including early treatment. Below are some frequently asked questions about early treatment in Orem, Utah. Of course, if your question is not answered, please call our orthodontist, Dr. Ben Frandsen, and we will do our best to be of assistance.

When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment?
Typically, the best time is when the orthodontist can begin detecting any issues, which is generally as early as age seven. A consultation and evaluation should be conducted, even if treatment is not started until a later age. Beginning treatment at an early age gives the greatest chance of success.

What is a benefit of early orthodontic evaluation?
When Dr. Ben Frandsen can identify problems early, he can intervene before oral growth is complete, preventing serious issues in the future. The orthodontist can diligently monitor a young patient throughout those early years to determine the best time for orthodontic treatment.

Why is age seven the ideal age for orthodontic screening?
This is the age when most first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During a child’s appointment, the orthodontist examines front-to-back and side-to-side relationships to ensure an even bite. This is also the time when he can identify overbites, open bites, underbites, crowding, or gummy smiles. This early screening allows for treatment to be conducted before development is complete, which could prevent more serious future issues.

What advantages are a direct result of interceptive treatment?
Advantages include decreased chances for tooth removal, reduced orthodontic treatment time, more space for crowded and erupting teeth, reduced risk of protruding front-tooth trauma, and more space for unerupted teeth.

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Besides improving the appearance of your smile, orthodontic treatment can be useful for fixing bad bites or jaw misalignments, resulting in better chewing abilities and better oral hygiene.

Why should malocclusions be treated?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) believes orthodontic treatment can prevent a variety of dental problems, and maybe even health problems. Crowded teeth are harder to clean; protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidents or trauma, resulting in a chipped or fractured tooth; crossbites can create uneven tooth wear and growth; openbites can create issues with tongue thrusting and speech impediments.

Ultimately, opting for orthodontic treatment is a vital way to ensure you remain healthy, both with oral care and physical health. For more information, please contact Frandsen Orthodontics, at 801-375-3355.