Early Treatment



Orthodontic Problems.There is never a wrong time to improve your teeth, but did you know your child is more likely to achieve optimum teeth alignment if he or she receives orthodontic treatment earlier rather than later? In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kids have their first orthodontic screening by the time they reach age 7.  

Benefits of Early Treatment

Dangers of Thumb Sucking.

When you take your child to the orthodontist at an early age, you will be able to catch early signs of dental development problems. You should understand that bringing your child in for an early evaluation doesn’t automatically mean he or she will receive early orthodontic treatment. However, common problems like crowding, underbite and crossbite can often be detected by the time the child turns 7. After identifying the problem, your orthodontist can monitor your child’s dental growth patterns and create a treatment plan for the future. Whether your child receives braces now or later, here are a few additional benefits of an early orthodontic evaluation:

  • Improve your child’s self-esteem
  • Correct bite problems before they become worse, saving time and money in the long run
  • Create an early treatment plan that will affect how the permanent teeth develop
  • Improve dental function
  • Correct everyday habits like thumb sucking that can cause dental development problems
  • Decrease the likelihood of your child needing more invasive treatments in the future

Dr. Bradley Adams is a skilled orthodontist who offers early orthodontic treatments. He usually begins early treatments on kids between the ages of 7 and 14. This is the age when most kids have lost their baby teeth and have most or all of their adult molars. If problems with teeth alignment are detected early, they can be corrected before the permanent teeth become fully established in their positions.

If your child doesn’t receive orthodontic treatment in childhood, it’s always possible for him or her to undergo treatment later in life. However, it’s important to understand that early treatment often delivers a tremendous long-term outcome. Additionally, if treatment is received before problems with the bite become more advanced, treatment could potentially be easier, shorter and less expensive than more invasive treatments later on.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment

If you have any questions about early orthodontic treatment at one of our three offices in Valdosta, Thomasville or Tifton, feel free to call our office at any time. To schedule your appointment with a skilled kids’ orthodontist, call (229) 247-6960 or use our online form to request an appointment. Dr. Adams will perform an evaluation and let you know if and when orthodontic treatment is recommended for your child.

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Adams Orthodontics

  • Valdosta Location - 816 Northwood Park Dr., Valdosta, GA 31602 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870
  • Thomasville Location - 415 East Jackson Street, Thomasville, GA 31792 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870
  • Tifton Location - 1807 Old Ocilla Rd., Tifton, GA 31794 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870

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