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  • 1. Jessica ReyesMrs. LesterAdvanced Composition11 October 2011 Early Treatment Research Paper According to research, “By the age of 14, a young woman has completed 90% of herlifetime growth; A young mans growth continues into his later teens, although his final growthspurt may occur between 15 and 17 years old," explained orthodontist Dr. Tigani.” Most growthhas occurred for a young woman by age 14 and for a young man by age 16." The controversybetween early vs. late orthodontic treatment is debatable between orthodontists. There areadvantages to early orthodontics, and surprisingly someliabilities to that approach.The decisionultimately lies with the parent, although a large factor is whether or not the child is havinginsecurity issues, comfort complaints, and also greater chances of prolonged treatment in thefuture. Whether or not a child should obtain early orthodontic treatment is the issue that isdefined.The decision to have or not have braces impact younger children, and it also hassolutions and uncertain outlooks. For the most part, the issue ofearly orthodontic treatment is defined by the controversy itposes and its positive and negative results. In the “Health” section of the Wall Street Journal, thedisbelief of parents is expressed. Parents are wrongly led to believe that once a child does receiveearly treatment that will be all the treatment needed(Keates 1). Early treatment can prevent largeroral issues later. Avoiding larger issues is why parents possibly believe early treatment will bethe only treatment needed, but really it could just mean small immediate treatment for smallfuture treatments. For the issue to be recognized, parents might want to be educated on the exact
  • 2. procedures their child is receiving to achieve the best results in the most efficient amount oftime. In essence, according to The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the suggestedtime to visit an orthodontist is by the age of seven (Swenson 1).Most of the time the age seven isjust an approximation because the majority of the time all growth of teeth will be on track. Evenif treatment is needed later,the checkup will just be a good estimation for how long treatmentwill be needed. This checkup gives the patient security that either everything is fine or it givesthe patient enough time to fix issues that might not have been treatable. Catching anythingproblematic will be beneficial to the patient, but also to the parental finances. If there is anyabnormal issue before the age seven, a visit to the orthodontist could be very useful. The earlytreatment approach can catch a problem with orthodontics for future traumatic issues that couldbe extremely costly.Knowingly, Orthodontic treatment can be performed at almost any age;although the normal time is between 10 and 14, it is not uncommon to even see adults withbraces now (Nagar 1).The controversy begins with the question of age appropriate braces. Nowthat it is more common for adults to want to improve their smiles, is sooner better thanlater?Sooner is wiser and more efficient for children and even adults. To define the issue is tounderstand the pros and cons which are that treatment too early may mean the child will be inbraces another time, or even misalignment. Waiting could mean longer treatment time or evenissues that are noticed too late to fix, something such as the proper expansion of the palate. Moreover, the impact of early orthodontic treatment is problematic as a person matures,because the success rate of manipulating the jaw or skeletal structure decreases as well as the rateof unfixable oral adjustments (Koenig 1).For instance, Dr. Swenson recognizes that the impactof not receiving early treatment could maximize the effects of abnormal growth patterns, makethe treatment with braces more difficult and longer, maximize chances of severe malocclusions,
  • 3. and tamper with facial appearance and self-esteem.The impact could be permanently damagingso some might ask why not early treatment. Some may not realize serious issues so that could bea barrier between receiving early treatment. The parent is the one who decides whether a youngchild sees an orthodontist, so factors such as self-esteem are inevitably out of the child’s hands.Also, according to an orthodontist, the impact would be that parents can save a great amount ofmoney and time with early treatment plan for their child (Jeremy 1).Taking into considerationthat an early treatment plan means a shorter treatment plan is what Dr. Jeremy means by costefficiency. This route could be the reason why more people will choose early treatment. Thestraightening of permanent incisors will not usually be straightened until about eight or ten andstraightening is to correct functional problems or even more serious problem later on (Swenson1). This particular case calls for a later age in early treatment, yet when an adult faces thisproblem; the impact and resolution will most likely be very different. With certain cases, theimpact of the issue will affect an adult more than a child. In sum, the impact of the issue isdifferent for all ages and oral problems,but most have a resolution. Resolving the issue is truly in the hands of the patient, parent, and dentists who routinelychecks on patients. Early phase can move permanent teeth but for children around twelve yearsold; this will help define the issue and intercept future problems (Keates 1).This will be a factorof achieving a better smile when future problems arise. In turn this problem can be solved earlierthan later.Early phase, or phase one of treatment, is one easily obtainable resolution. On the otherhand, according to orthodontist representatives, “to make braces more acceptable and fun foryoung people, manufacturers have made brightly colored elastics” (Nagar 1). The smart idea ofhaving a “cool” look of having braces, makes braces more fun and appealing to the younger orearly stage of treatment demographic. Persistency and consistency this makes treatment time
  • 4. faster, which it will also be the key to achieving more desirable results in earlystages.Subsequently, issues found later on only have more serious resolutions; extractions andinterception seem to be the best for several problems caught later than preferred (Koenig 1).Thesolution may not be simple, but there is usually one that can be performed. Although somesolutions are more abstract they are there and known. The positive thing is that the solution hasbeen recognized and if people are more educated,solutions then can be executed and hopefullythere will be less confusion on early treatment versus later treatment. The outlook of the issue has a bright future because of all the awareness that the dentistgives, and also because of the controversy of early treatment or not. With awareness comes theneed and desire for the best possible outlook.Prevention and earlier interception are the best wayand most effective way to have a layout and a plan. With this knowledge most will havesuccessful results.Awareness is a key to success and also execution.When persistency andawareness are combined early treatment will be the best option for most. The outlook could belooked at in several lights though because kids want the ideal of a perfect smile and orthodontisttend to feel rushed and pressured to achieve this (Keates 1).If an orthodontist feels rushed, theresults might be skewed in a negative way.This will probably result in an unhappy patient. Inconclusion, such treatments as a palatal expander can only be used as a younger child whosejaws and skeletal structure can be manipulated (Keates 1).Therefore, the outlook for earlytreatment rather than for later treatment is positive because more can be manipulated andrearranged so that the best smile is achieved. The younger the child is the more the Orthodontisthas to work with, and also the child has a higher chance for better results. The outlook for theissue is bright and promising for those who are aware of phase one and early treatment.
  • 5. Early orthodontic treatment versus Later Orthodontic treatment is defined by the positiveand negatives. Its impact is problematic for the patient and their future smile. The resolutions areknown and just waiting to be executed. Lastly, the outlook is positive with large amounts ofawareness. Conclusively, the controversy is still debatable because of matter of opinion andseverity of the oral issue.

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