Early Orthodontic evaluation and treatment for children is integral in ensuring that they get off to a great start with their life-long oral health.
There are many orthodontic problems that are significantly easier to treat if they are detected at an early age.
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should first visit an Orthodontist no later than the age 7.
Some children will not require treatment until they are between the ages of 11 to 13. However, because the first permanent incisors and molars have usually erupted by age 7, orthodontic conditions like crowding, cross bites, and a a variety of others can be evaluated at this time.
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough early on to warrant immediate intervention. On the other hand, if your child is not yet ready for treatment, we will carefully monitor his or her growth and development in the mean time, until he or she is ready for treatment.
Phase I (otherwise known as early interceptive) treatment is a limited form of orthodontic treatment (e.g., expander or partial braces) that takes place before all of the permanent teeth have erupted.
Phase I treatment takes place most often in children between the ages of 6 and 10. It's usually recommended in cases where more space is needed in the mouth for developing teeth, and for the correction of overbites, crossbites, underbites, and harmful oral habits.
There are a many reasons a child might need orthodontic intervention at an early age. Early phase treatment may reduce or prevent the need for more invasive, time consuming treatment later on.
When treatment is initiated when a child is still young, the orthodontist can better guide the growth of the jaw and the development of the emerging permanent teeth.
The following issues can be treated with orthodontics:
Phase I Treatment is done in anticipation for Phase II treatment, not instead of it, so your child will more than likely need full braces later on.
Early orthodontic treatment can also help regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, prevent the need to extract permanent teeth, reduce the occurrence of impacted permanent teeth, break thumb-sucking habits, and eliminate tongue thrusting or speech problems.
Phase I treatment, in other words, is designed to help make Phase II treatment more efficient and more effective.
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