Proactive Orthodontics: A Roadmap to Non-Invasive Solutions

Nurturing your child’s healthy bite and orthodontic well-being begins in their formative childhood years. Dentofacial orthopedic treatment plays a crucial role in steering the growth and development of your child’s facial bones and structure.

As a parent, you want the best for your child, including their oral health. You may have heard about early dentofacial orthopedics and wondered if it’s right for your little one. Dr. Bastian’s expertise lies in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. This specialized field allows him to identify and address issues or irregularities in the jaw and facial development of children. By recommending essential appliances like expanders, headgear, and braces, children typically respond positively to dentofacial orthopedic intervention, often reducing the need for more extensive and invasive procedures in the future.

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What Is Early Dentofacial Orthopedics?

Early dentofacial orthopedics, also known as interceptive orthodontics, is a specialized branch of orthodontics that focuses on guiding facial and jaw development in young children. The goal is to create the ideal conditions for permanent teeth to emerge correctly and develop a proper bite alignment. This early intervention can address issues such as crowded teeth, jaw discrepancies, and other orthodontic concerns, ultimately preventing more severe problems in the future.

The Benefits of Early Dentofacial Orthopedics

Preventative Approach

Early dentofacial orthopedics takes a preventative approach to orthodontic care. By addressing problems at a young age, we can reduce the need for more extensive and invasive treatment later on.

Optimal Facial Growth

This treatment can guide the growth of your child's facial bones and help create the best conditions for the development of their jaw and airway.

Improved Bite and Function

Early intervention can correct bite issues, making it easier for your child to eat, speak, and maintain good oral hygiene.

Enhanced Aesthetics

Dentofacial orthopedics can improve your child's facial appearance by addressing issues such as protruding or receding jaws.

Reduced Treatment Time

Addressing orthodontic concerns early can often lead to shorter overall treatment times when your child is older.

Building A Smile Foundation That Lasts A Lifetime

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. This may seem early, but it’s the ideal time to detect and address any developing issues. By this age, your child will typically have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth, making it easier to evaluate their orthodontic needs.
When you bring your child for an early dentofacial orthopedics evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive examination that includes digital scans, x-rays, and a thorough analysis of their dental and facial development. Dr. Bastian will discuss his findings with you, addressing any concerns you may have, and explain the available treatment options.
At Sullivan Bastian Orthodontics, we believe in the power of early intervention to set your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. By combining cutting-edge technology with a deep commitment to the Mill Creek community, we ensure that your family receives top-tier orthodontic care and an exceptional patient journey. Early dentofacial orthopedics is more than just orthodontic treatment; it’s an investment in your child’s future oral health and overall well-being. Contact us today to schedule an early evaluation and start your child’s smile journey on the right path.