Early Interceptive Treatment

Early Evaluation for More Effective Treatment



When is the Best Time to Begin Orthodontics?

By the age of seven, most children have gotten their first set of adult molars. Once these molars are in place, it’s possible to determine what the future of your child’s bite may look like. As part of your child’s early evaluation, we’ll be screening for early signs of an overbite, open bite, tooth crowding or other common dental problems.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Early intervention can determine the health and beauty of your child’s future smile. Contact Patel & Womble Orthodontics if your child is experiencing:

  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Difficulty chewing and biting food
  • Premature or late loss of baby teeth
  • A habit of finger or thumb sucking
  • Gaps between teeth
  • A popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Already crowded front teeth, by seven or eight years of age
  • Teeth or jaws that are disproportionate in size when compared to the face
  • An abnormal bite, or a bite that does not meet
  • Displaced teeth

Is Your Child a Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?

The first step to a better smile begins with an evaluation by one of our board-certified orthodontists who can tell you which treatment options are best for your child’s dental needs. Most types of early intervention begin around the age of seven. It is important to make sure that your child has good oral hygiene habits and is free of tooth decay.