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While Orthodontic treatment can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment.  An initial evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than age seven.

At this early age, the first permanent molars and incisors have usually come into the mouth.  We can evaluate crossbites, crowding, breathing and swallowing patterns, as well as thumb habits and other problems.   Treatment may not be indicated, but this crucial examination can reveal the most advantageous time to start.

Early Treatment Procedures

We use early treatment to:  regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems.


Interceptive Treatment

The advantages of 'Phase 1' Treatment are:

  •   Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  •   Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  •   Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  •   Reducing the need for tooth removal
  •   Reducing 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.
  •   Cross bites resulting in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  •   Open bites resulting in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Natural Growth

If early treatment is needed, we start with 'Phase 1' appliances.  These will be removed after the necessary corrections, and the teeth will be allowed to grow in naturally.  Once the permanent teeth are in place, 'Phase II' treatment, or comprehensive Orthodontics may begin with a full set of braces as required.

Ultimately, early treatment can simplify or help avoid later treatment. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.


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