The American Association of Orthodontists recommends scheduling your child’s first orthodontic examination at the age of 7.
Depending on the needs of your child orthodontic care can be indicated in either one or two phases.
Phase one orthodontic treatment is focused on modifying growth of the jaws and/or facilitating eruption of the permanent adult teeth. The advantages of Phase one treatment include shortened treatment time during Phase two, decreased chances of needing extractions to make space for alignment of the permanent teeth, elimination of traumatic bite, and increased self-confidence.
We recommend Phase I orthodontic treatment for the following conditions.
1) Excessive Overjet (protruded upper front teeth)
2) Anterior crossbite (single tooth or multiple)
3) Posterior (back) crossbite
4) Excessive crowding of the lower front teeth
5) Traumatic bite (Deep bite)
6) Thumb-sucking or tongue thrusting habits
We prefer to resolve the above conditions at an early age because we can take advantage growth modification appliances and certain space gaining techniques that cannot be used at a later age.