The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receives his or her ﬁrst orthodontic screening by age 7. By starting orthodontic treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems and correct them before they become more serious. This will save you and your child time and money by preventing future problems before they begin.
Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneﬁcial for the overall desired result. Because a young child’s permanent teeth have not ﬁnished erupting, we are able to thoroughly evaluate and address any impending problems at the earliest stage.
During your child’s initial evaluation, we will ﬁrst determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as potential crowding, open bite, overbite or crossbites. The Phase I treatment plan can include preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, correct a current problem or help direct jaw growth. Multiple problems with tooth alignment, gums, jaws and facial problems can be corrected with Phase I treatment. Phase I treatment often times can prevent the need for permanent tooth extractions which in the long run can lead to better airways and broader, more beautiful smiles.
To ﬁnd out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, schedule a free consultation today!