Based on our experience and the recommendation from the American Association of Orthodontists, we advise children receive their first orthodontist screening by age 7. By seeing a child early, we can recognize potential problems and correct them before they cause damage or become more serious. DON’T STRESS Mom and Dad! Most kids do not need any early treatment and we will see them every 1 to 2 years to monitor growth and development until the permanent teeth erupt. For those that would benefit from early intervention, there are a variety of treatment techniques besides braces.
Early orthodontic treatment is highly effective because younger children’s jaws and bone structures have not fully formed. This advantage allows us to guide and influence jaw growth to prevent major procedures in the future, such as jaw surgery or the extraction of permanent teeth. Early treatment is usually only 6-15 months.
The most common types of early treatment may include removable or fixed appliances that can:
Improve facial symmetry and harmony by positively influencing jaw growth
Increase jaw size to make room for crowded teeth
Hold space for unerupted teeth
Reduce the possibility of tooth extractions
Reduce the need or complexity of comprehensive orthodontic treatment
Stop oral habits such as thumb sucking