Orthodontic treatment typically begins once patients have all or most of their permanent teeth. However, some children are better off starting earlier due to problems with the growth of their jaws. In these situations, Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment may be less invasive and more effective. That’s why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated by an Orthodontic Specialist between the ages of 7 and 9.
Early treatment is indicated for the following problems:
- Extreme crowding
- Protrusive upper front teeth
- Excessive overbites
- Harmful habits such as thumb sucking after the age of 6
- Deep impinging bites
- Premature loss of a primary tooth
Phase l treatments are timed to take advantage of growth spurts to balance the growth of the jaws, stop harmful habits, create space for permanent teeth, and prevent harm to permanent teeth.