Treating Children For Orthodontics, With Dr. Ousama El-Hillal, E & S Orthodontics, Phoenix, Tolleson, Chandler, Peoria, Arizona
Dr. Ousama El-Hillal, orthodontist with E & S Orthodontics in Phoenix, Arizona, recommends children to have an orthodontic screening at age 7, as braces are being provided to children at an earlier age due to the technological advances and to also create better outcomes.
At age 6, the adult first molars come in and up until then, a dentist may recognize if the upper jaw is more narrow than the bottom. Until then, however, they don't know how much to expand that jaw. Dr. El-Hillal uses both traditional expanders and cases where expanders are not used.
As an orthodontist, Dr. El-Hillal is trained to pick up certain things early and make those recommendations to parents. He sees a wide range of dental knowledge based on the dentist's education and a lot of their orthodontic experience relates back to their education.
When the front four teeth come in, Dr. El-Hillal says they should be at the "50 yard line." In an overbite, you want to take the lower teeth at the 30 yard line to the 50 yard line to meet the top teeth and create a very aesthetic outcome. At age 7, orthodontists are in a position to make certain predictions about growth that will really provide a lifetime of good results, he says.
Dr. Ousama El-Hillal is an orthodontist with E & S Orthodontics, with locations in Tolleson, Peoria and Chandler, Arizona. He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand sleep breathing disorder video content.