Early Treatment

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receive his or her first orthodontic screening by age 7 or 8 when the top and bottom front teeth are just starting to erupt.  With early screening we are able to recognize potential problems and address them before they become more serious.  This will save you and your child time and money by minimizing or preventing future problems before they begin.

Early interceptive orthodontic, also known as "Phase 1" treatment, has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result when older. Because a young child's permanent teeth have not finished erupting, we are able to thoroughly evaluate and address any impending problems at the earliest stage.

During your child's initial evaluation, we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as potential crowding, open bite, overbite or gummy smiles. The Phase I treatment plan can include preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, correct a current problem or help direct jawbone growth. Multiple problems with tooth alignment, gums, jaws and facial problems can be corrected with Phase I treatment.

To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment contact the office to schedule my first visit.