Early Treatment

Following the guidelines of the American Association of Orthodontists, our doctors recommend that each child receive their first orthodontic screening by the age of 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious.

Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. Because a young child's permanent teeth have not finished erupting, our doctors are able to thoroughly evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships and address any impending problems at its earliest stage.

During your child's initial evaluation our doctors will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as crossbites, significant potential crowding, open bite, or severe overbite. It is possible that immediate treatment is not necessary at that time.. However, if treatment is indicated, he will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that will prove to be the most beneficial for his/her specific case.

Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients, but may include removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth; preserve space for unerupted teeth; create facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth; reduce the possibility of tooth extraction; reduce the possibility of surgical procedures; and reduce overall treatment time in braces.