Phase 1 orthodontic treatment usually happens between six and nine years of age, when children begin to lose their baby teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get their first checkup with an orthodontist by age seven.
This may sound odd to some people, but early intervention can prevent the need for more dental treatment later on. When kids are older it can be harder to correct problems with jaw and tooth development.
Early orthodontic treatment can create space for permanent teeth and provide proper alignment. This treatment can include: limited braces, headgear, special retainers, space maintainers, expansion appliances and more.
A child may need to wear braces, or other appliance, between 9-18 months. Then the child is given retainers and are checked every four to six months while waiting for the rest of their permanent teeth to come in.
Early orthodontics take advantage of a child’s growth period. This is a good time to treat severe problems, and not allow them to worsen as kids get older.
If you have concerns about your children’s teeth, please call our office at 201-870-0988 to schedule an appointment. We can tell you if your child needs Phase 1 orthodontics, or another type of treatment. We can answer all of your questions and concerns. Call today.
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