Early Orthodontic Treatment
Is my child too young for Orthodontic treatment?
The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) recommends that children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. Many children do not require early treatment and will be placed on “observation” to monitor growth and tooth development. Certain bites do require early intervention. Early treatment is indicated if there is a jaw growth problem, a large space problem, or if tooth position is such that it affects long term dental health. Please schedule a consultation appointment today if your child has any of the following:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Crowded or blocked out teeth
- Teeth that meet abnormally
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Finger or thumb sucking habits
- Biting the roof of mouth or cheeks
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face.
Early treatment can have many benefits. It can:
- Influence jaw growth in a positive manner, reducing or eliminating the need for surgery
- Guide permanent teeth into better position
- Simplify or shorten treatment time for later orthodontics
- Reduce the need for extraction of permanent teeth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve dental health , appearance and self-esteem.
Most children who require Phase I treatment do require future Phase II treatment in order to achieve ideal occlusion. Phase II treatment usually consists of braces which are placed when most or all of the permanent teeth have erupted.