Dr. Bailey and our entire practice staff work hard to provide you with the best orthodontic care found in and around Coppell, Texas. We offer quality service for the entire family at an affordable, and are proud to serve the surrounding communities of Irving, Grapevine, Lewisville, Flower Mound and Carrollton, TX.
Each patient that enters our practice is given the exceptional individual attention they deserve. Young or old, a dazzling smile can always be an invaluable asset. We recommend an initial evaluation of your child no later than the age of seven for several reasons. Learn more about the benefits of beginning early treatment with Dr. Bailey below, and feel free to contact us with any additional braces questions you may have.
First Orthodontic Exam
Children that visit our office for a complimentary New Patient Exam receive necessary radiographs, a thorough dental evaluation and discussion of orthodontic concerns, plus a treatment plan presentation by Dr. Bailey regarding the child’s specific needs. It is our priority that all visitors leave feeling thoroughly informed and educated. Additionally, there is no charge for your child’s return visits as we continue to monitor growth and development in the case that treatment is recommended at a later stage. Once your child is ready for orthodontic appliances, we will discuss financial arrangements for treatment.
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. 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. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
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
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated 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.