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When Is The Best Time to Begin Orthodontic Treatment?

girl showing dental braces.Simply put, the answer is… it depends! That being said, there are situations where “early intervention” is the best choice rather than waiting for all or most of the permanent teeth to erupt.

Many developing orthodontic problems can be “intercepted” and corrected if diagnosed and treated at an early age. Early treatment is often referred to as interceptive or Phase 1. The critical decision to treat early should be based on very specific diagnostic guidelines. Continue reading When Is The Best Time to Begin Orthodontic Treatment?

THE X FACTOR

Dental Cleaning with OrthodonticsIn virtually every field, a combination of integrity, skill and experience are essential to ensuring competence and ultimately successful outcomes. We’ll visit the medical profession to illustrate the importance of experience in providing optimal care. We will assume a level playing field for all the other qualities previously described. In our dramatic example, you are suffering from cardiac blockage and require heart bypass surgery. All things being equal re: cardiologist’s integrity and skill… you have a choice of docs. The first doc just completed his/her fellowship training and the second has already successfully performed 100’s of bypass surgeries. Would you choose the 1st doc or the 2nd doc? If I were making the decision, it would be the 2nd doc in a “heartbeat”!

Orthodontic Specialty Programs

In orthodontic specialty programs, skill is measured and is a prerequisite to graduating and being awarded a specialty certification. Experience however is another thing altogether. Continue reading THE X FACTOR