Passionate about orthodontics and its ability to transform smiles, Dr. Bhatia is the only dual trained specialist in Hawaii. Her dual training in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics AND Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry makes her uniquely qualified to benefit the Keiki of Maui by diagnosing and intercepting teeth and bite malalignment issues that may become more problematic as growth progresses.
The Best Age to See An Orthodontist
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by age 7, and perhaps earlier if a an orthodontic concern is identified. Around age 7, the first adult molars typically erupt, helping to define a patient’s back bite and allowing the orthodontist to more effectively evaluate the correctness of the developing bite. Treatment at this age may not be necessary, but orthodontic monitoring can help anticipate the ideal timeline for the most effective treatment and also help to prevent more serious problems in the future.
Some results of effective early treatment:
- Reducing the need for permanent tooth removal
- Creating space for crowded, erupting permanent teeth
- Reducing the risk of injury to protruding front teeth
- Preserving needed space for permanent teeth
- Reducing future orthodontic treatment time
In addition to providing conventional metal and clear braces, Dr. Bhatia has the unique distinction of being the only Elite Invisalign® Provider in Maui County. This distinction has been awarded to less than 1% of orthodontic practices nationwide and only to those doctors that have used Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen to successfully complete treatment for over 1000 orthodontic patients.
Committed to providing orthodontic treatment using the perfect blend of advanced technology and compassion, Dr. Bhatia and her staff provide exceptional treatment for children, teens and adults. Please call our office today for a complimentary orthodontic screening and consultation.