Age 7 is the magic number for an orthodontic check-up

  • Age 7 is the magic number for an orthodontic check-up

    February 25th, 2011

    Many parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to see Dr. David Eichel for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven?

    That’s right—seven.

    Ok, so what’s so great about age seven, you ask? Enough permanent teeth have arrived for Dr. Eichel to make a determination about whether any problems are present. The first molars have come in, providing an opportunity to check for malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Also, the incisors have begun to come in, and problems such as crowding, deep bites and open bites can be detected.

    Orthodontic evaluation at an early age provides one of two positive outcomes: For some, early identification or problems will lead to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment in the future. For others, a healthy prognosis will provide immediate peace of mind.

    Early evaluation, of course, may signal a need for early treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. Aside from spurring on years of harmful teasing, misaligned teeth are also prone to injury and are detrimental to good oral hygiene. So, if your child is nearing his or her seventh birthday, give us a call at Eichel Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.

  • When Are Two Phases of Treatment Necessary?

    February 17th, 2011

    Usually patients in orthodontic treatment at Eichel Orthodontics already have their permanent teeth – they are pre-teens, teens and adults. But in some cases we have to start treatment earlier, even before the patient’s permanent teeth come in. We call this “two-phase treatment.”

    When we have patients with clear developmental problems at an early age, it’s best to start work when they are young, before the problems get bigger and more difficult to treat.

    Examples include:

    • An upper or lower jaw that is not growing correctly
    • A mouth growing in a way that doesn’t leave enough room for all the permanent teeth to come in
    • A severe malocclusion, or bad bite, which means the jaw doesn’t fit together correctly

    In these cases we will start early and do one round of treatment – phase one – while the patient still has their baby teeth. Phase one usually does not involve braces, but can include a different type of appliance that helps the jaw grow into place properly. We’ll follow up with phase two usually a few years later, when permanent teeth are in place. Generally phase two involves standard braces.

    In order to catch early problems, we recommend that children have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven (and so does the American Association of Orthodontists). However, if your dentist or pediatrician sees any sign thatearly treatment might be necessary, he or she may recommend your child visit our office even sooner.

    If you have any additional questions about “two-phase treatment,” please feel free to give our office a call.

  • The advantage of Invisalign Teen™ at Eichel Orthodontics

    February 11th, 2011

    Dr. David Eichel knows image is everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having metal brackets and wires constantly attached to teeth may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today’s teens. But… not to worry! There is a clear alternative to traditional braces! The team at Eichel Orthodontics thought we’d remind you that Invisalign Teen™ gives you a whole new way to wear braces for a “clearly” amazing smile!

    So how does Invisalign Teen work, you ask? Much in the same fashion as Invisalign, but with a few added characteristics tailored specifically to teenagers’ lifestyles. For instance, Invisalign Teen is designed with “compliance indicators” that fade from dark to light during the two week period that particular tray is used and once it has faded teens know to change trays. Each aligner comes with up to six free individual replacement aligners in case the original aligner ends up lost or broken. Another big benefit for the patient!

    The treatment period for Invisalign Teen varies from nine to 18 months. If you’re the parent of a teen and are considering orthodontic treatment, please contact Eichel Orthodontics and we’ll answer any questions you may have about Invisalign Teen.

  • Ask Dr. Eichel: Why is it so important to have straight teeth?

    February 04th, 2011

    Some people wonder why Cincinnati orthodontist Dr. David Eichel and our team work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth at Eichel Orthodontics can keep them healthier? Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime!

    Straight teeth are less prone to decay, because they collect less plaque—the sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth and leads to tooth decay; and they are easier to keep clean!

    If you’re wondering whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, please give us a call to set up a consultation. Dr. Eichel can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.