Early orthodontic treatment, or Phase One treatment, addresses certain bite problems and jaw growth irregularities in children as young as seven. This proactive approach aims to correct issues early on, potentially minimizing the need for extensive treatment later in life.

Why might my child need early treatment?

Early treatment helps guide the growth of the jaw and creates space for permanent teeth to emerge properly, reducing the likelihood of future extractions. It can also address underbites, crowded teeth, and speech impediments, leading to improved oral health and a more harmonious smile.

Signs that your child may need early orthodontic treatment

Early or delayed loss of baby teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, persistent thumb-sucking, speech difficulties, protruding or misaligned teeth, and jaw shifting when opening or closing the mouth are potential indicators that your child could benefit from early orthodontic intervention.

Benefits of early treatment

Early orthodontic intervention can prevent more complex issues later in life, potentially reducing the need for extensive treatment as an adult, including extractions or surgery. By addressing orthodontic problems during childhood, we can optimize jaw development and guide the permanent teeth into proper alignment.

Scheduling an appointment

If your child exhibits signs that may necessitate orthodontic treatment, or if your dentist has advised you to seek an orthodontic evaluation, please get in touch with our practice to schedule an appointment. Our experienced team will thoroughly examine and recommend the most appropriate course of action for your child’s oral health and well-being.