Many parents and caregivers wonder if their child needs orthodontic treatment, and if so, when it should begin. Our orthodontist and team provide early orthodontics in Orem, Utah, to answer these questions and help you start your child’s treatment on the right foot. Please review our FAQ page below for additional information. If you have any further questions and if you want to make an appointment with Dr. Ben Frandsen, call Frandsen Orthodontics today at 801-375-3355.

When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment?
The best time to begin orthodontic treatment is as soon as the orthodontist can detect any developing problems. This may be as young as age 7. Our orthodontist will perform a full evaluation to determine if orthodontic treatment is needed and when it should begin.

What are the benefits of an early evaluation?
By evaluating the mouth and jaws early, Dr. Frandsen can diagnose problems and intervene before oral growth is complete, preventing serious issues from developing in the future. Children who receive early evaluation and treatment are monitored closely so that we can begin treatment at the optimal time for their oral health and growth.

What is the ideal age of an initial orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists® (AAO) recommends that children receive their initial orthodontic screenings by age 7. At this age, the first molars erupt and establish the back bite, and our orthodontist can examine the alignment of the jaw and bite to determine if there are any issues and whether early treatment is needed.

What advantages are a direct result of interceptive treatment?
Some advantages of early interceptive care include:

  • Decreased chances of tooth removal
  • Reduced treatment time
  • Increased space for crowded and erupting teeth
  • Reduced risk of protruding front teeth and related trauma
  • More space for future unerupted teeth

Who is a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Almost everyone is a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics improves the appearance of your smile as well as your oral hygiene and function. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean with regular brushing and flossing so that you can maintain a healthy mouth and smile.

Why should malocclusions (bad bites) be treated?
Orthodontic treatment prevents a wide range of problems. Bad bites and other issues should be treated in order to help teeth remain clean and reduce risk of tooth damage due to accidents or trauma or uneven tooth wear and growth. Bad bites can also contribute to speech impediments and problems such as tongue thrusting.

Is anyone ever too old for orthodontic treatment?
No! If you did not receive orthodontic treatment as a child, you can still receive it as an adult. Ask Dr. Frandsen about adult orthodontics!