Early Treatment

Orthodontic Treatment for Kids in Kelowna

It might seem young but it’s recommended that children have an initial orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. That’s because by the age of seven, the first permanent molars and incisors have usually erupted and we’re able to evaluate issues, such as crossbites, crowding, breathing and swallowing patterns, thumb sucking habits and more. Most of the time, treatment won’t be indicated and this will just kick-off an observational period where your child comes in occasionally so Dr. Scramstad can keep an eye on their growth and development. He’ll let you know when the time is right to start treatment. We make it fun, stress-free and enjoyable for parents and kids alike. To schedule your child’s initial evaluation, book a consultation online or by calling us at 250-762-2824.
Early orthodontic treatment on young girl

Early Treatment Procedures

In some cases, early treatment is indicated. We use it to regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for the extraction of permanent teeth, reduce the likelihood of impacted teeth, correct thumb sucking and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems.

We start this early treatment with “Phase 1” appliances, which are removed after the necessary corrections are achieved. We’ll then let the teeth grow in naturally. Once the permanent teeth are in, your kiddo can begin “Phase II” treatment, or comprehensive orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign Teen, as required. Ultimately, early treatment can greatly simplify or help avoid treatment later.

Interceptive Treatment

The Advantages of “Phase 1” Treatment are:

  • Creates room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Influences jaw growth to create facial symmetry
  • Reduces the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Reduces the need for tooth removal
  • Leads to shorter treatment time with braces
Early orthodontic treatment

Untreated Malocclusions

“Bad Bites” Can Result in a Variety of Problems Such as:

  • Crowded teeth leading to poor oral hygiene, tooth decay and/or gum disease
  • Protruding teeth susceptible to accidental chipping
  • Crossbites causing unfavorable growth and uneven wear
  • Open bites resulting in tongue thrusting habits and speech impediments

Interceptive Treatment

The Advantages of “Phase 1” Treatment are:

  • Creates room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Influences jaw growth to create facial symmetry
  • Reduces the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Reduces the need for tooth removal
  • Leads to shorter treatment time with braces

Untreated Malocclusions

“Bad Bites” Can Result in a Variety of Problems Such as:

  • Crowded teeth leading to poor oral hygiene, tooth decay and/or gum disease
  • Protruding teeth susceptible to accidental chipping
  • Crossbites causing unfavorable growth and uneven wear
  • Open bites resulting in tongue thrusting habits and speech impediments
Early orthodontic treatment

Early Treatment by the Numbers

To learn more about early orthodontic treatment, book a consultation for your child at Align Ortho!

Age 7

Your kiddo should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven.

10-15%

About 10 to 15% of kids could benefit from Phase 1 orthodontic treatment.

6 and 7

The first permanent molars usually erupt between the ages of six and seven years old.

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