The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receives the first orthodontic screening by age 7.
Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. Because a young child's permanent teeth are still erupting, we are able to thoroughly evaluate and address any impending problems at the earliest stage, and correct them before they become more serious. It is usually possible to avoid future extractions of permanent teeth or jaw surgery by early intervention.
During your child's initial evaluation, we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as potential crowding, open bite or discrepancies in jaw relationships. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, correct a current problem or help direct jawbone growth. Multiple problems with tooth alignment, narrow jaws and facial imbalance can be corrected with Phase I treatment.
To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, schedule a consultation at age 7 years. Not all children need Phase I treatment.