Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receives his or her first orthodontic screening by age 7. Not everyone needs braces but by evaluating your child early, we are able to recognize potential problems and if needed, correct them before they become more serious. In fact, only a small percentage of our patients require early treatment. 

When indicated, 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, we are able to thoroughly evaluate and address any impending problems at the earliest stage. Early treatment can save you and your child time and money by preventing future problems before they begin.

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 crossbites. The early treatment phase 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 early treatment.

It is not unusual to monitor our younger patients with periodic exams.  These appointments allow us to become aware of any potential changes in dental and facial development.  We are better able to determine when the patient may be ready to begin active orthodontic treatment when we see the patient periodically.

To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, schedule a consultation.