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  • Early Treatment

    At the orthodontic offices of Jacqueline G. Rosen, DDS, MS, PC Orthodontics in Buffalo Grove & Highland Park, IL, we offer quality orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages. We strive to keep our patients smiling, and we know that the best start to a healthy smile begins young. With an evaluation, Dr. Rosen can detect problems early and plan the best treatment, helping your child put their best smile forward. You can read more below on early treatment and how it can improve your child’s health and smile.

    Although Dr. Rosen can enhance a smile at any age, there is an ideal time to begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Starting treatment early ensures:
    • The best possible result
    • The least amount of time and expense
    • Timely detection of problems
    • Greater opportunity for more effective treatment
    At this early age, child braces may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the best time to begin treatment.
    Early orthodontic treatment in children is known as interceptive orthodontics. By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Rosen can evaluate tooth relationships and determine indications of possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
    • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
    • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
    • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
    • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
    • Reducing the need for tooth removal
    • Reducing treatment time with braces
    Orthodontics is more than improving the look of your child’s smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites, also known as malocclusions. Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment and affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile. According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, malocclusions, can result in a variety of problems:
    • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease
    • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping
    • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear
    • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments
    Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.
    Thank you for choosing Jacqueline Jacqueline G. Rosen, DDS, MS, PC Orthodontics as your Buffalo Grove & Highland Park, IL orthodontist. We look forward to meeting with you and your child. The first appointment will take approximately 60 minutes and consist of a thorough examination, potential treatment options, and cover questions about the basics of orthodontic treatment. We may also schedule additional time after the exam for diagnostic records. Learn more about your child’s first visit here. Dr. Rosen knows how overwhelming orthodontics can feel for you and your child, so contact us and we can discuss any questions you might have. Early treatment is key to a healthy smile, so schedule your child’s first visit today!