Orthodontic evaluation and treatment at an early age is integral in ensuring that your children get off to a great start with their life-long oral health.
Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are detected at an early age.
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should first visit an Orthodontist by the age 7.
Although some children may not require treatment until between the ages of 11 to 13, the first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in around age 7 and cross bites, crowding and other problems can be evaluated.
Yes. Sometimes orthodontic problems can be significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will carefully monitor his or her growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment (e.g., expander or partial braces) before all of the permanent teeth have erupted.
Such treatment typically occurs between the ages of 6 and 10, and is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, underbites, or harmful oral habits.
Phase I Treatment is typically done in anticipation for Phase II treatment, so it is quite likely that your child will eventually need full braces.
Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems.
In other words, Phase I treatment can help make Phase II treatment quicker and more effective.
There are a variety of reasons that a child may need orthodontic treatment at an early age and early phase treatment, may reduce or prevent the need for more invasive treatment later.
When treatment is initiated at an early age, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and the incoming permanent teeth.
Any of the following issues may be treated with orthodontics:
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