Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children
Early treatment (also known as interceptive, preventative, or Phase One treatment) typically begins around age 8 or 9. The goal of early treatment is to treat certain bite issues while the child is still growing. If certain problems are treated at this earlier stage, orthodontics can reduce the possibility of needing more severe treatment options in the future, to include but not limited to, extractions and jaw surgery. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Our evaluations are complimentary and no referral is required.
How to tell if your child may need early orthodontic treatment:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing and/or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Oral habits (thumb, finger or lip sucking)
- Speech impediments
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth are not coming together properly
- Shifting of the jaw when opening or closing the mouth (crossbites)
- Crowded front teeth around age 7
What causes these problems?
Orthodontic problems, like those listed above, can be inherited, caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth and/or oral habits.