Early Treatment


Dr. Struhs proudly provides exceptional orthodontic care to patients of all ages to help them achieve lifelong healthy and attractive smiles. Our Parker and Castle Rock offices provide a variety of treatment options, such as metal braces and Invisalign, so that you get the personalized care you deserve. If you’re looking for a children’s orthodontist, 20 Mile Orthodontics provides exceptional service to young patients. We also offer flexible office hours, so that you can get the treatment you need without missing out all your extracurriculars.

It’s best to schedule an orthodontic screening for your child as early as possible, so that they can begin adolescent treatment on time. Below you’ll find more information on the importance of bringing your child into one of our two convenient office locations.

The Importance of Early Orthodontic Screening

Orthodontic Problems.

We agree with the recommendation made by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), that states all children should receive orthodontic screenings by the time they turn 7 years of age. This is when an orthodontist can quickly identify potential orthodontic problems, so they can be treated early if necessary. For example, orthodontic appliances such as spacers and expanders may be used before before braces go on. The longer you wait, the more complex the issues can become, which can makes them more challenging and costly to treat. This early examination can help determine when the best time to start treatment is, to save you the most time and money

When Earlier Treatment Is Better

Early orthodontic intervention is very helpful in treating some common malocclusions or “bad bites,” including cross bites, crowded teeth, overbites and underbites. When a malocclusion and other alignment issues are not treated, it can result in issues such as:

  • The inability to thoroughly clean crowded or crooked teeth, which can lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
  • Accidental chipping or breaking of protruding teeth.
  • Unfavorable growth and uneven wear of the teeth due to untreated cross bites.
  • Tongue-thrusting habits and speech problems due to untreated open bites.

Catching and identifying these problems early is key. After an examination, we can thoroughly explain your options to you and the best possible course of treatment.

Advantages of Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

 Dangers of Thumb Sucking.

One of the first things people notice about you if your smile, and straight and healthy teeth help contribute to a lifetime of happiness! There are many advantages associated with early interceptive treatment including:

  • Creates room for crowded, erupting teeth, as well as saves space for teeth that haven’t grown in yet.
  • Influences how the jaw grows, which creates optimal facial symmetry.
  • Reduces the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth.
  • Eliminates the need for tooth extraction.
  • Shortens the amount of time spent wearing braces.
  • Saves you money, compared to treatment received as an adult.
  • Greatly boosts a child’s self-esteem and confidence.

As you can see, orthodontic treatment can do much more than just improve the appearance of a smile as it can greatly improve both oral and overall health.

Call Your Parker & Castle Rock Orthodontist Today!

If you would like to give your child the best opportunity for having a lifelong, beautiful and healthy smile, please call our one of our offices today. Our Parker office can be reached at (303) 841-2262 and our Castle Rock office can be reached at (720) 733-0353. We proudly serve the communities of Parker and Castle Rock, CO, as well as Franktown, Elizabeth, Kiowa and Douglas County. We look forward to meeting you and your child soon and welcoming you to 20 Mile Orthodontics where we love making our patients smile!

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