Not every child needs two phases of orthodontic treatment, but for those who do, early treatment may prevent more serious problems and invasive treatment later that may not be as effective.
Dr. Jones strongly recommends you bring your child for an orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7. Here’s why:
• Orthodontists can spot early indicators of problems with your child’s jaw and emerging teeth (even when baby teeth are still present) that your child’s dentist may miss.
• Childhood is an ideal time to begin Phase 1 because children's jawbones are still developing and respond well to interceptive treatment. In some cases, Dr. Jones can achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing, usually by the time all permanent teeth have erupted.
Phase 1 usually begins between ages 7 to 10, when your child has both baby and permanent teeth.
Phase one has several goals:
Phase 2 starts when all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted, usually around the ages of 11 or 12.
Goals of Phase 2: