There are many situations where early treatment can be beneficial, but it is not indicated in most cases. If treatment is indicated at a younger age, we try to limit it to less than a year, so as to maximize the benefits and minimize costs. As your orthodontist in Melbourne, FL we would not recommend early treatment unless it will save total time and money for treatment or prevent damage from occurring while waiting for the other teeth to erupt. Often times early treatment can prevent the need for extracting permanent teeth when moderate crowding is present. Even with early intervention, full braces are usually needed later, as teeth that aren’t erupted can’t be fixed at that early stage. If cosmetics at a young age is a concern, treatment can certainly be offered, but it is usually not cost or time effective unless there are other problems that need addressing.
We are now welcoming patients and parents into our waiting rooms. There is no need to call us when you arrive. We are, however, asking that everyone wear face coverings upon entering, regardless of vaccination status. We continue to take precautions for prevention of spreading COVID-19. We remain vigilant with our sterilization and disinfection protocols and we will continue taking additional precautionary measures as well. We still ask that you reschedule your appointments if the patient has been symptomatic in the last ten days or has been recently exposed to someone known to be infected with COVID-19.
We will continue utilizing only half of our operatories to maintain significant distance between patients. We ask that all of our patients thoroughly brush their teeth prior to their appointments to limit the use of our toothbrushing area. As always, we will continue to be committed to giving each of our patients the best possible experience!
Thank you for your understanding!
Dr. Reddick and the Reddick Orthodontics Team