The first stage of orthodontic treatment typically begins around age seven. At this point, children still have their primary teeth. Early intervention may include preventative, interceptive or modified orthodontic care. A preventative measure like an oral appliance might be used to correct an existing issue or to guide proper bone growth. Phase 1 orthodontic treatment can repair multiple problems with tooth alignment, jaw, gums, and facial structure.
Benefits of an Early Evaluation
Early evaluation treatment allows for earlier detection of dental health issues and a greater likelihood of correcting the problem with braces for kids from the nearest pediatric orthodontist. Proactive treatment involves monitoring growth and development and helps prevent bigger problems later in life.
Optimal Time for Orthodontic Screening
The permanent molars start to erupt by the time a child reaches the age of 7. When these back teeth emerge, the rear bite is set. This is when Dr. Bernuyt can properly evaluate how all the teeth are relating to each other. For instance, how incisors erupt can determine the likelihood of teeth crowding, overbite, open bite, or a gummy smile. Proper screening at the appropriate intervals will increase the chances of effectively preventing or fixing problems.
Benefits of Pediatric Orthodontics include:
- Affect jaw growth for facial symmetry
- Reduce the risk of damage to protruding front teeth
- Make room for erupting teeth
- Preserve space for underlying teeth
- Reduce the need for tooth extraction
- Lessen orthodontic treatment time
Since every child is different, early treatments vary by case and severity of the condition. At Bernuy Orthodontic Specialists, Dr. Bernuy may use one or more of the following dental appliances:
- Rapid Palatal Expander
- Space Maintainer
- Tongue Crib
- Upper Braces
The goal of Phase 1 orthodontics is to assist in your child’s healthy growth and development. Although the need for future orthodontic therapy may not be eliminated, having early treatment can reduce the extent of care and the length of time needed to make corrections. Contact our dental office near you for more information, or book your appointment with us today!