WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW | BY DR. SHOHREH SHARIF
Braces are most commonly associated with straightening teeth, but did you know that they can help achieve a healthier smile as well?
The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that all children have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. The earlier a plan can be created between parents and the dentist, the sooner the child can be on a path to their healthiest smile. Therefore, a pediatric dentist evaluation is important to identify the best phase of growth to begin treatment. This allows for a reduction in the time your child needs to wear braces.
“We know that baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, but are we aware that there is a delicate relationship between the space we have in our mouths and the space we need for teeth? Teeth that work in harmony are critical to healthy biting, chewing and are a foundation for clear speech.”
There is a seamless transition between the pediatric dentist, who has monitored the growth of your child since their first appointment, and timing of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Shohreh Sharif has practiced and taught dentistry for more than 25 years. She is a diplomate of both the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and
Dr. Shohreh Sharif has been practicing dentistry for more than 25 years. She is:
Assistant Professor, Howard University College of Dentistry
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Diplomate, American Orthodontic Society
IAD Top Pediatric Dentist among Leading Physicians of the World
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
The American Orthodontic Society. Her offices have been offering orthodontic services since 1990, and she acknowledges the pivotal role of early orthodontic treatment and how it has increased over the years. Dr. Sharif says, “It is our job to catch any potential obstructions to the development of healthy teeth and a winning smile. It is essential to recognize the problems of crowding, overbite, underbite and missing teeth early” and to have parents who are eager to give their children every advantage possible.
AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS
At Greater Washington Dentistry (GWD), both offices are equipped to provide your child with an accurate diagnosis, which allows for the proper treatment plan to be created and explained to the parents. Dr. Sharif is experienced in both Invisalign and traditional metal braces. In today’s world the wide variety of options allow treatment to be individually tailored for optimal results. The best way to know is to ask. Do not hesitate to call and schedule a consultation for yourself or your child.
The primary purpose of GWD’s comprehensive treatment approach is to achieve a healthy, functional and aesthetically pleasing orthodontic result that will remain stable throughout the patient’s life. The GWD process combines tooth straightening with a focused assessment of physical and facial developments currently underway.
PLANNING A WINNING SMILE
Above all, precipitous orthodontic treatment can eliminate the need to remove permanent teeth later, or to implement jaw re-alignment procedures. GWD’s orthodontic records help determine the type of appliances needed, the probable duration of treatment and the optimal frequency of visits. Records consists of models of the teeth, x-rays and photographs. During a child’s initial consultation, the records help forecast whether early treatment is appropriate.