The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist by the age of 7. The purpose of an early visit is that it allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaws and correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems if needed at an ideal time. The doctors of Pediatric Dental Associates monitor the growth and development of all children from their first visit at age 1 and every time they have a checkup.
There are many advantages to early orthodontic treatment. Early treatment provides a variety of options that adult orthodontic treatment may be unable to offer. It is easier to treat many orthodontic problems during childhood and adolescence because we can take advantage of the child’s growth process to prevent malocclusions (bite problems). In later years, when the facial bones and jaws are fully developed, many conditions are more difficult to treat. Early treatment can also make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.
Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment, and in many cases, it is recommended that a patient wait until they are older to have treatment. If early orthodontic treatment (Phase I treatment) is not necessary, we will place your child on our observation plan. During this time, we will monitor the continued facial growth, as well as the eruption of the teeth. Our goal is to provide the best treatment, in the least amount of time, for the least cost.