Early Orthodontic Treatment

Parents usually have many questions about orthodontic treatment for their children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children between the ages of 8-10 years visit a specialist orthodontist for assessment. This allows the orthodontist to evaluate your child’s existing and incoming teeth and determine whether or not early treatment might be necessary.

Early orthodontic treatment, known as Phase One, aims to correct bite problems, such as an under bite, as well as guide the jaw’s growth pattern. It also helps to make room in the mouth for the permanent teeth to be properly placed as they come in. This will greatly reduce the risk of a child needing extractions later in life due to teeth getting crowded.

What Are Indications for Early Treatment?

  • Early or late loss of permanent teeth

  • Difficulty in chewing

  • Breathing through the mouth

  • Thumb sucking

  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked–out teeth

  • Jaws that are that are too far forward or back

  • Biting the cheeks or into the roof of the mouth

  • Front teeth that do not meet, or meet in an abnormal way

  • An unbalanced facial appearance

  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth

What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment typically begins while the child’s jaw bones are still soft. They do not harden until the child reaches his/her late teens. Because the bones are still pliable, corrective procedures such as braces work faster than they do for adults.

If you’re curious whether your child needs early orthodontic treatment, visit our Contact us page to find our dental office near you. Call the office of your choice and tell them you’re interested in a consultation with our orthodontist. You may also Request an Appointment here.