Orthodontist Joseph S. Basile, DDS serving Prior Lake and Minnetonka, MN (Minnetonka)
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Joseph S. Basile, DDS
Board Certified Orthodontist

Prior Lake Orthodontics, PA
5116 Gateway St. SE, Suite 103
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: 952-447-6088
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Basile Orthodontics, PA
17809 Hutchins Dr., Suite 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone: 952-474-3203
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Member American Association of Orthodontists

Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics

Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic consultation by the age of seven. There is an ideal time to begin orthodontics in order to achieve the best results. Orthodontists have the skills to determine when that time is right. By checking children early, Dr. Basile can detect subtle problems with teeth and jaw growth, determine if treatment is needed, and when treatment should begin. Even if a problem is detected, immediate treatment may not be recommended. Chances are Dr. Basile will then take a “wait and see approach.” Parents should also have their child checked periodically as the permanent teeth erupt and the jaws and face continue to grow. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and the incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment, if needed, can simplify later treatment.