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Kelly Giannetti, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.S., of Giannetti OrthodonticsORTHODONTIA: WHY 7 IS THE MAGIC AGE 

It may seem counterintuitive to consider orthodontia on a kid who still has baby teeth.

But there are times when early intervention is the way to go, says orthodontic specialist Kelly Giannetti, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.S., of Giannetti Orthodontics, a private practice with offices in Sacramento and West Sacramento.

“Treating patients between ages 7 and 9, when they still have their baby teeth, is a frequent occurrence, and there are situations when it makes good sense,” Giannetti says. 

Palatal expanders (used to expand the child’s upper dental arch) are a prime example of a treatment that’s most effectively done between those ages, says Giannetti. Other conditions that may benefit from early intervention include crossbites and underbites. Overbites, on the other hand, can usually wait until later and still have the same outcome, “if all other things are equal,” she says.

Orthodontic treatment decisions are very individual and, often, very complicated, says Giannetti, requiring detailed analysis. “It’s important for a clinician to go through a problem list with a parent and ask, ‘Can this wait until the child has their grown-up teeth? Or is it something that needs to be addressed now?’”

And here’s a big caveat: Early treatment ensures a second round of treatment once permanent adult teeth are in. “If you’re treating someone who still has their baby teeth, you will be treating them later,” says Giannetti.

Giannetti urges parents to bring their children in for a baseline orthodontic check by age 7, which also happens to be the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Any later than 7, she says, and you run the risk of missing the benefits of early intervention.

“Sometimes I see kids who are referred to me at 11, and now they’re going to have to get some teeth removed to get a good result because they didn’t have earlier intervention,” she says.—Cathy Cassinos-Carr

LISTINGS

Nikki Chauhan, 7230 South Land Park Drive, Suite 123, Sacramento; (916) 392-7110, nikkichauhandds.com*

Oscar Chen, Greenhaven Family Dental, 902 Florin Road Suite B, Sacramento; (916) 424-8400

George D. Chen, Jr., Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry, 785 Hana Way, Suite 103, Folsom; (916) 983-6051, folsomdentist.com

Wayne Y. Cheng, Natomas Family Dentistry, 1520 West El Camino Avenue, Sacramento; (916) 921-6051, natomasfamilydentistry.com

James Childress, 2067 Anderson Road, Davis; (530) 756-7400, childressdentaldavis.com*

Sonney L. Chong, 5665 Freeport Boulevard, Suite Two, Sacramento; (916) 421-3057

Thomas M. Clements, Weideman Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, 7916 Pebble Beach Drive, Suite 101, Citrus Heights; (916) 962-0577, sacchildrensdentist.com

James D. Coyle III, 2201 Capitol Avenue, Suite 100, Sacramento; (916) 444-2957, jamescoyledds.com

Garth W. Collins, 612 Natoma Street, Folsom; (916) 985-2550

Matthew Comfort, Comfort Dental Care, 568 North Sunrise Avenue, Suite 390, Roseville; (916) 786-2010, mattcomfortdds.com*

Christopher L. Cooper, A+ Dental Care, 1258 Coloma Way, Roseville; (916) 784-1144, rosevilledentists.com

Amor R. Cristobal, 7805 Laguna Boulevard, Suite 320, Elk Grove; (916) 478-2728

 

Binh B. Dao, Douglas Blvd Dental, 1907 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 74, Roseville; (916) 783-4888, DouglasBlvdDental.com

Stella J. Dariotis, DiTomasso Dental, 2619 J Street, Sacramento; (916) 443-5677, ditomassodental.com

Michael R. DeAnda, 930 Florin Road, Suite 102, Sacramento; (916) 428-3384

Thomas P. DiLallo, 7916 Pebble Beach Drive, Suite 106, Citrus Heights; (916) 965-4414

Pamela DiTomasso, DiTomasso Dental, 2619 J Street, Sacramento; (916) 443-5677, ditomassodental.com

Reynold D. Donovan, Alta Vista Dental, 196 Lincoln Way, Auburn; (530) 885-3368, donovandental.com

Robert D. Dubanski, Rocklin Family Dental Group, 4750 Rocklin Road, Suite 100, Rocklin; (916) 725-3558, RocklinFamilyDental.com

Kenneth F. Fat, Fat Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, 99 Scripps Drive, Suite 100, Sacramento; (916) 925-9222, fatdentistry.com

David Feder, Sutter Terrace Dental Group, 3001 P Street, Suite A, Sacramento; (916) 447-6453, sutterterracedental.com

David Feder, Sutter Terrace Dental Group, 3001 P Street, Suite A, Sacramento; (916) 447-6453, sutterterracedental.com

Volkmar Felahy, Sunset Oak Dental, 2161 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 300, Rocklin; (916) 435-5711, sunsetoakdental.com

Leslie T. Fong, 103 Scripps Drive, Suite Four, Sacramento; (916) 929-3356

Wesley K. Fong, 2525 K Street, Suite 108, Sacramento; (916) 448-6826

Rikard Forsberg, 3006 State Highway 49, Suite D, Cool; (530) 888-6079

Douglas Gedestad, Sacramento Cosmetic Dentistry, 2409 L Street, Suite One, Sacramento; (916) 448-1444, sacramentocadentalcare.com

Stephen A. Genus, 7220 Greenhaven Drive, Suite Five, Sacramento; (916) 427-8900

Maria Arlenita Gomez-Croddy, 6600 Madison Avenue, Suite 12, Carmichael; (916) 961-4522, enchanteddentalcare.com

Holley N. Gonder, Weideman Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, 7916 Pebble Beach Drive, Suite 101, Citrus Heights; (916) 962-0577, sacchildrensdentist.com

Frank Gontarski, Hazel Family Dental Care, 4363 Hazel Avenue, Suite Six, Fair Oaks; (916) 962-3500, hazeldentalcare.com

Lauren T. Hanschu, 6660 Coyle Avenue, Suite 240, Carmichael; (916) 966-5269, hanschudental.com*

Elizabeth A. Harmon, Ten Sierra Gate Plaza, Suite 170

 

 

 

 

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