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Labbe Family Orthodontics

Oct 17, 2014 01:29PM ● By Cate Reynolds
Labbe Family Orthodontics
Dr. Stephen Labbe | Dr. Robert Bolton | Dr. Jeffrey Lombard

Your Child’s First Orthodontic Exam Should Be No Later than Age 7.

Orthodontic treatment by an orthodontic specialist can improve dental health as well as create a beautiful smile, functional bite, and aligned jaws. An attractive smile can help improve self confidence and esteem for a lifetime! After all, your smile is one of the first things people will notice about you.

So when is the absolute best time to begin orthodontic treatment to ensure the best possible results? Many people assume the teenage years are the time to begin visiting an orthodontist, when, in fact, orthodontic monitoring should begin at a much earlier age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children should be initially evaluated by an orthodontic specialist by the age of seven. At this age, Drs. Labbe, Bolton and Lombard monitor children anywhere from a few months to a few years prior to any treatment starting. However, because of the close monitoring, treatment can be timed perfectly, offering the best outcome possible.

As early as the age of seven, Drs. Labbe, Bolton and Lombard can detect serious problems with the jaw growth and tooth eruption. If these issues are left untreated they can cause a long line of oral complications. This includes an unflattering smile, tooth decay, poor bite, and speech impediments that may worsen over time. Many common orthodontic issues are inherited from our parents and early treatment may help reduce the severity.

Other potential issues could arise from thumb sucking, missing teeth, allergies and/or breathing difficulties and trauma. In order to treat these issues early, Drs. Labbe, Bolton and Lombard may suggest the use of early interceptive orthodontic appliances in order to guide the jaw and/ or tooth development. By addressing the array of potential issues early, this can allow treatment to be shorter; less complicated, and provide more stunning results. Depending on how fast a child is growing, treatment generally takes anywhere from twelve to thirty months to achieve the desired results. This is time well spent in order to achieve fantastic over-all oral health and comfort. As a parent, you want the very best for your child. This includes healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Such things will help open the doors to a fabulous future for your children!

Dr. Stephen Labbe, Dr. Robert Bolton, and Dr. Jeffrey Lombard
Labbe Family Orthodontics
Offices in Annapolis, Crofton/Gambrills,
Bowie and Greenbelt
888-828-8558 |


Q. What is the difference between interceptive and comprehensive orthodontic treatment?

A. Interceptive orthodontic treatment is performed for problems that, if left untreated, could lead to the development of more serious dental problems over time. The goal is to reduce the severity of a developing problem and eliminate the cause—such as correction of thumb/finger sucking; guiding permanent teeth into positions through primary tooth removal; or gaining/holding space for permanent teeth. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is undertaken for problems that involve alignment of the teeth, how the jaws function, and how the top and bottom teeth fit together. The goal is to correct the identified problem and restore the occlusion (the bite) to its optimum.

Dr. Stephen Labbe, DDS, Labbe Family Orthodontics