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Early Treatment

Having your child evaluated early for braces can prevent future and more complicated orthodontic issues. If you live in the Greater Atlanta area, contact board-certified orthodontists Dr. Ruchir Patel and Dr. Kal Thakkar at iClear Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation in Alpharetta, Roswell or Kennesaw to see if your child could benefit from early treatment.

When Is The Best Time To Begin Orthodontics?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, seven years old is the best time to be evaluated. Although treatment might not be required, most orthodontic problems can be identified by this age.

What Are The Benefits Of Early Orthodontic Evaluation?

Early screenings are beneficial in many ways. Habits that may be negatively affecting a child’s dental health can be identified and curbed. Speech issues related to dental development can be corrected. Problems associated with crowding and spacing can be monitored. Tracking orthodontic conditions ensures that treatment begins at the right point in time, making treatment as short, comfortable and effective as possible for your child.

Why Is Age Seven Considered The Optimal Time For Screening?

Most children get their first adult molars by seven years old. The molars establish the back bite, which allows an orthodontist to evaluate the child’s overall bite pattern and identify potential problems. Emerging problems, such as crowding, can be monitored.

What Are The Advantages Of Interceptive Treatment?

Interceptive treatment, also known as two-phase treatment, may prevent more serious problems from developing later on. Treatment at a later age may be shorter, less complicated or completely avoided. In some cases, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible after the face and jaws are done growing.

Interceptive treatment:

  • Guides growth of the jaw
  • Decreases the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Corrects oral habits that are harmful
  • Improves bite health and function
  • Enhances your child’s appearance

Is Your Child A Candidate For Orthodontic Treatment?

Not every child or teenager who is evaluated by an orthodontist requires treatment.  Many, in fact, do not. The best way to know for sure is by taking your child to a trusted board-certified orthodontist for an opinion.

Why Should Malocclusions Be Treated?

Most of the time, malocclusion is primarily a cosmetic issue. Is it worth the trouble to have malocclusions corrected? If you ask people who have had their teeth corrected, the overwhelming response will be “yes”.  Although having orthodontia is not always pleasant, but the end result makes the process worthwhile. Here are the reasons why malocclusions should be treated:

  • Self-esteem – People with malocclusion often do not like the way their teeth look and are embarrassed. This can be especially tough on children who may be teased or are afraid that they will be teased.
  • Oral Hygiene –Tooth decay and gum disease are common when people have crowded teeth because brushing and flossing are difficult to do well.
  • Oral Health – Uneven tooth growth can put excessive wear and tear on protective tooth enamel.
  • Protection – Protruding teeth are particularly susceptible to chipping or trauma from a fall or accident.
  • Clear Speech – Bite issues can cause tongue thrusting and speech impediments.

The best way to determine whether your child is ready for orthodontic treatment is by getting a professional opinion. If you live in the Greater Atlanta area, visit board-certified orthodontists Dr. Ruchir Patel and Dr. Kal Thakkar at iClear Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation in Alpharetta, Roswell or Kennesaw. 

"I am another happy patient at iClear Orthodontics! I am in invisalign treatment and can already see changes in 4 months! I have been to both Roswell and Alpharetta locations and they are very contemporary and up to date! 5 stars all the way!" - Emily Thomas
"Dr. Patel and his staff are incredible! We (I and my 12 year old daughter) recommend his orthodontic services to everyone we know when they say they need orthodontics done right. The staff at his office is friendly, and they know how to answer questions, which goes a long way toward feeling comfortable with an orthodontist. Our 12 year old child now has a beautiful smile, and it’s all thanks to his excellent care. He never recommends orthodontic treatment unless it's needed, and that really makes a difference. Our 2nd…" - Kimberly T
"Dr. Thakkar and the staff at iClear Orthodontics are completely professional, from start to finish. They explain the process, the treatments, and even go over our insurance with us so that we know how our claims will be handled. There were no questions that didn’t have an answer, and by the time we left his office, I was sure that I wouldn’t want to send my kids to anyone else for the services he offers" - Justin D. Thomson
"We love visiting their Kennesaw location... Great staff, very pleasant and honest orthodontist and our 10 year old loves Dr Patel! Only issue we have sometimes is traffic at 5pm... We try to schedule our appointments around 3:30 to beat the Chastain Rd traffic." - Karen Houstin