Did you know?
Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should see an orthodontist at age 7?
Not every child needs early treatment, but by seeing your child early on, we will be able to recognize potential problems and can correct them using limited braces and/or various appliances before they become more serious.
If your child does not need early treatment, we will continue to monitor their development.
Orthodontic Treatment Options for Kids
Often times the best treatment is no treatment at all! If this is the case for your kiddo, we will continue to monitor the eruption of their teeth and ensure that everything is developing as it should.
Phase I Orthodontics
A Phase I treatment is typically recommended when a child still has some of their baby teeth and before all of their permanent teeth have erupted.
Phase I usually consists of:
- Limited Braces
- Extraction of primary (baby) teeth
- Palatal Expander
- Growth correction appliance
While it might be easy to think that misaligned baby teeth are harmless because they’ll eventually fall out, this is not always the case.
The baby teeth actually play an important role in clearing the path for the permanent teeth as well as enabling your child to eat, speak, and breathe comfortably.
Issues with the baby teeth can often lead to problems in all of these areas, and without early intervention, a child will usually need a more complex and longer treatment later to correct these issues.
The goal of a Phase I treatment is to avoid and lessen future orthodontic problems by mitigating and correcting current ones.