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1007 R.R. 620 S Suite 201

Austin, TX 78734

Lake Travis Parents: Benefits of Early Orthodontic Evaluations

Lakeway Orthodontics Apr 27, 2017

Get an orthodontic evaluation by age 7

  • The first signs of issues are present at 6-7 years of age when first molars erupt
  • Identification of developing bad bites, crowding, and finger/thumb sucking
  • Optimal results for treatment is achieved at the earliest stage of development
  • Can prevent more intensive and expensive treatments down the road
  • Peace of Mind that your child is developing normally

What can orthodontic treatment do for my child?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, issues untreated can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to brush and floss properly, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more prone to accidental chipping. Additionally, cross bites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it affects everyday life in function and in self-esteem.  

Why see an Orthodontist vs a Dentist?

An early evaluation and identification of issue may or may not require an intervention.  The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Seeing an Orthodontist is critical since they receive 3 more years of specialized education beyond your general family or pediatric dentist.  Dr Jeff Dykes will take the time to examine and identify any potential issues and explain your child’s developments.

Do I need a dentist’s reference to get an orthodontic consultation?

You do NOT need a dental referral to have an evaluation. Choose your orthodontist based on their work and reputation in the community for excellence of care.  At Lakeway Orthodontics you will be able to see and feel the exceptional standards we have for our patients and their family members at your very first visit.  Dr. Jeff Dykes not only has stunning results with his advanced treatments but he invests in the community throughout the year supporting schools, sports and Austin children’s shelter.

What are some of the benefits of early interceptive treatment?

  • 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 adult teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth extractions
  • Reducing treatment time with braces or Invisalign

Dr Jeff Dykes is offering complimentary consultations for families in the Lake Travis area.  He understands the needs of parents and makes it easy for you to schedule an appointment at the Lakeway Orthodontics office.  Give us a call today or submit a request online.  We appreciate your time and look forward to the opportunity to serve your entire family’s orthodontic care needs.  

Going the Extra Mile for that Perfect Smile

Dr Jeff Dykes

512-263-2993