Friday, June 19, 2015

Early Orthodontic treatment - Dr.George Bardawil

When is the right age to see an orthodontist?

Choosing an orthodontist at the right time is an important decision, but how late is too late?  According to the American Association of Orthodontics and the American Dental Association, children should visit the orthodontist by the age of seven.  Although this seems early, orthodontists are specialists at detecting abnormal dental development.  Most often, Dr. Bardawil will choose to defer treatment until much later in the child’s life, but occasionally, interceptive treatment is needed to avoid serious dental problems.  As always, Dr. Bardawil  is conservative with her treatment planning and provides all growth and development observation appointments at no cost. 


Why is age seven the perfect time for an orthodontic visit?

As stated above, dental professionals (orthodontists and non-orthodontists, alike) recommend that the correct time to first visit the orthodontist is age seven…but why?  By the time a child reaches age seven, significant dental development has already taken place.  Their six year molars have erupted and dental occlusion (how teeth fit together) of permanent teeth is becoming more important.  In addition, by the age of seven, children have already started the development of all permanent teeth which Dr. Bardawil examines at each appointment.   This film can help Dr. Bardawil analyze the overall health of the child’s teeth. 


What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment and affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile. Treating malocclusions does not only offer a solution to these issues, but other health issues as well. Aching backs and necks, migraines, heart problems and even certain types of blood diseases can be improved by fixing a malocclusion.

Why should malocclusions be treated?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you. bardawil -ORTHODONTIST,, Invisalign Gold premier provider, speciality clinics center, st maamari,12th floor hamra,beirut lebanon Hamra clinic 961-1-747644 Fanar clinic 961-1-873718 mobile 961-3-542724