Early Treatment

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Our Plano, TX orthodontist, Dr. Michael Curry proudly provides patients of all ages with exceptional orthodontic care. We've work hard to create a relaxing and friendly office environment that makes our patients feel right at home. The Curry Orthodontics team helps many children achieve the straight, healthy and beautiful smiles they deserve so they can enjoy all the benefits of a healthy smile.

Age 7 is The Optimal Time For Your Child's First Orthodontic Evaluation

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children be seen by an orthodontist for the first time no later than the age of seven, or at the first signs of orthodontic problems. While your child may not require treatment at this early age, this timely examination can help Dr. Curry determine when the most advantageous time to begin treatment would be.

By the time your child turns seven, the back bite is established so the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships can be evaluated. This allows Dr. Curry the opportunity to identify any problems that may be developing such as an overbite, open bite, crossbite, crowded teeth or a gummy smile. This timely screening increases your child's chances for having an incredible smile that's both healthy and attractive. 

Benefits of Taking Your Child In For an Early Orthodontic Screening 

Having your child seen by an orthodontist early in life provides for both the timely detection of problems and a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention can guide growth and development to help your child avoid more serious problems later in life. 

Advantages of Early Interceptive Treatment 

There are many advantages associated with early interceptive treatment including:  

  • Can positively influence jaw growth

  • Can simplify and/or shorten treatment required later in life

  • Can create the room needed for crowded, erupting teeth to move into better positions 

  • Can improve the appearance of the smile for better self-esteem

  • Can create a balanced facial symmetry by influencing the growth of the jaw

  • Can correct harmful oral habits like finger or thumb sucking

  • Can reduce the risk of trauma to front teeth which protrude

  • Can reduce or eliminate the need to have healthy teeth removed
  • Can improve some speech problems

  • Can improve airway issues

Early orthodontic treatment can improve bad bites or malocclusions, which occur due to teeth or jaws that are misaligned. Malocclusions affect how you smile, chew food, clean your teeth, sleep and feel about your smile. 

Schedule An Appointment with our Plano, TX Orthodontist Today

Dr. Curry and his friendly staff love providing children with the orthodontic treatment they need! We are confident that your child will feel relaxed and at ease while spending time with us as we've worked hard to create a nurturing office environment. If you would like to schedule your child's first orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Curry, please complete our easy online form. One of our team members will then contact you to set up your child's first appointment. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon and welcome you to the Curry Orthodontics family!