Two Phase Treatment
We follow the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that children visit an orthodontist at the first sign of an orthodontic problem, and no later than age 7. By then, a child has enough permanent teeth to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing. The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.
Some orthodontic conditions that develop at a young age can have long-term, permanent effects if not treated. Our orthodontist will perform an exam and discuss with you specifically what your child needs. In most situations, this will simply be to continue to monitor the development of the patient’s teeth. These growth observations appointments are important and are at no cost to you!
Early treatment is not always necessary. However, interceptive treatment or phase I treatment sometimes allows us to achieve results using methods that are less invasive as a child is growing. Once the face and jaws are fully formed, additional treatment may be necessary. This second phase of treatment is usually after all permanent teeth have erupted.
Examples of orthodontic concerns that are sometimes corrected with early treatment include: severe crowding, habits, open bite, deep bite, crossbite, large “overbite,” underbite, narrow jaws, and severely protruded front teeth.
The easiest way to find out what your child needs is to schedule a complimentary new patient exam with our team. Call us to today to schedule this very important visit!