Love Your Smile: The truth about starting early orthodontic care

Dr.Nancy Wiley

February 1st marks the start of National Children’s Dental Health Month! This month is sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) in an effort to raise awareness regarding the oral health of our youth. Learning proper habits for brushing and flossing is ideal at a young age because it is as children that we learn the majority of the habits that we carry with us throughout our lives. The month is also especially important to Dr. Wiley, whose passion is treating young children, though she happily treats patients of all ages.

Having teeth and jaws that are properly aligned is just as important as keeping them clean. Straight, brushed and flossed teeth are the healthiest teeth! The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that all children be screened by an orthodontist at age 7, even if no problems are visible. Some parents and even some dentists may disagree with starting orthodontic treatment at a young age, but ask yourself this question: What makes more sense, letting a child grow in an incorrect pattern and allowing damage to occur, then attempting to fix the damage, or intervening early and never allowing the damage to occur in the first place? It seems pretty obvious when presented that way.

Guiding the growth and development of a child’s smile produces a much more stable, long term result that reestablishes normal growth patterns that can continue forward. It is often assumed that it is better to wait to initiate orthodontic care because as children grow, the abnormal issues will correct themselves. This is almost never the case. As imbalance continues, the growth discrepancy just amplifies into bigger and sometimes serious, permanent problems. Some results of early treatment include reducing the need for tooth removal, creating room for crowded erupting teeth, creating facial symmetry, preserving space for unerupted teeth, developing the dental arches leading to beautiful, broad smiles and correcting harmful habits, such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

What’s New at Dr. Wiley’s

In our constant efforts to give our patients the best in care and latest in technology, we have added the newest 3D scanner to our practice. The iTero Element Scanner has numerous advantages to the previous way of taking impressions of patient’s teeth. No Goop. No Gag. No worries! The scanner is a great tool, especially for our young patients who can sometimes struggle when taking impressions. Within a few minutes of scanning,  a complete 3D image appears on the screen! If that isn’t cool enough, iTero (owned by the same company as Invisalign, Align Technologies) has created an outcome simulator. During your consultation, you can visualize how your teeth may look after treatment!

About Dr. Wiley

Dr. Wiley is an Ivy League graduate and one of few Board Certified Orthodontists in the Broward Metropolitan area, serving the Coral Springs and Parkland area for over 23 years. She was recently voted Best Orthodontist in Coral Springs, Parkland, Coconut Creek and Margate and is ranked the top Invisalign and Invisalign Teen provider in Coral Springs and Parkland. Dr. Wiley and her team truly love what they do, transforming smiles, but also transforming lives.  Are you ready to love your smile? Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation, 954-753-0015.