What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment?
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 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.
Early orthodontic treatment, known as Phase One, aims to correct bite problems, such as an underbite, 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.