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Orthodontic Screening

Identify the need for orthodontic treatment early with comprehensive screening services.

Introduction to Orthodontic Screening

Orthodontic screening is a preliminary evaluation used to identify the presence of malocclusions (incorrect bites) or other dental irregularities that may require orthodontic treatment, such as braces or aligners. This screening is an essential step in determining the best time to begin treatment and the most effective treatment plan for individuals, particularly for growing children.

Benefits of Orthodontic Screening

  • Early Detection: Identifying potential issues early can lead to simpler and more effective treatments.
  • Timely Treatment: Screening helps determine the optimal time for treatment to achieve the best results, particularly important in children whose facial bones are still growing.
  • Preventative Care: Early intervention can prevent more serious problems from developing and reduce the need for more invasive treatments later.
  • Improved Aesthetics and Function: Addresses aesthetic concerns and functional issues, improving both the appearance and health of the patient's smile.

Who Should Have an Orthodontic Screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening by age 7. However, adults can also benefit from screenings, especially if they have concerns about their bite or are considering orthodontic treatment.

What to Expect During an Orthodontic Screening

An orthodontic screening typically involves the following steps:

  1. Visual Examination: The orthodontist examines the teeth, jaws, and facial structure to assess alignment and detect any visible issues.
  2. X-rays: Imaging may be used to view the position of all the teeth, including those still below the gum line, and to assess the jawbone structure.
  3. Discussion: If irregularities are found, the orthodontist will discuss potential treatment options and whether immediate or future treatment is recommended.
  4. Plan Development: For those needing treatment, a customized plan will be developed to address specific needs and goals.

Following Up After a Screening

If orthodontic treatment is not immediately necessary, periodic check-ups may be recommended to monitor the development of the teeth and jaws. This is particularly important for children, as their teeth and jaws can change rapidly.

Schedule Your Orthodontic Screening

Whether for yourself or your child, an orthodontic screening is the first step toward a healthier, more beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our team is dedicated to providing expert orthodontic evaluations and treatment plans tailored to your individual needs.

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