With reference to last week's blog regarding the differences between crossbites, overbites and underbites, we hope the information was helpful, and wanted to expand just a little bit further.
Crossbite, overbites and underbites are only a few of the types of problems we look for and identify at an early age. Certain orthodontic problems benefit from early intervention and respond to treatment while a child is younger, and growing. Not all children require early intervention, but those that will benefit, need to be screened and evaluated early. Therefore, it is the American Dental Association's recommendation that children should be screened by an orthodontist as early as age 7. Because of this, our doctors are able to identify, diagnose, and treat some of these more severe types of issues, therefore avoiding the extraction of permanent teeth. Certain discrepancies, if caught early enough, can help to avoid further jaw surgeries. Finally, because of the techniques used by our doctors, we never use Herbst appliances or headgear in our practice. That is not true in all offices.
Through early intervention and proper screening, Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics continues to provide "Smiles Above the Rest". If we can answer any questions for you, or be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact our office via e-mail or phone.