The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s first orthodontic examination occur no later than age 7. Each child’s needs are different, but we will be able to evaluate whether there are any underlying problems that should be addressed before the full eruption of the permanent teeth. There could be a crossbite or too much crowding and your child may benefit from early jaw expansion to make room. Sometimes the baby teeth don’t fall out on time and need a little help.
The appearance of straight baby teeth can sometimes be misleading. If Early Intervention (Phase I) is recommended, we will help you determine the best course of action and timing. We can treat children with either braces or clear aligners using Invisalign® First.
Most children do not require early treatment, but it is far better to know what may be coming down the road than be surprised after the fact. Early Intervention is almost always followed by a second round (Phase II) of orthodontics to finish alignment of the permanent teeth. We are happy to provide an initial consultation and periodic monitoring for FREE as a service to our growing patients. Schedule your FREE consult!
Benefits of Early Intervention
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for permanent tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces during Phase II