• Why would my child need early orthodontic treatment?
  • How will early treatment benefit my child now and in the long run?
  • What’s the difference between early treatment—and regular treatment?

These are a few of the questions that plague parents today.

Teeth crowding and/or excess space, jaw growth issues, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb sucking and other habits.

By age 13, most children have lost all of their baby teeth. By 16 or 18, the jawbones stop growing. Rather than wait for your child’s baby teeth to fall out (a popular misconception), we—along with The American Association of Orthodontists—recommend making the first appointment around age 7. That way, we’ll be able to make an evaluation that monitors your child’s continued growth—and guides it intelligently.

Early treatment begins at age 8 or 9. Also known as “Phase One,” its goal is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, i.e. underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.

Come see us if your child is or has:

  • Baby tooth loss
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Difficulty biting or chewing food
  • Sucking on his/her finger or thumb
  • Crowded, misplaced, or “blocked” teeth
  • A jaw that “pops” upon opening and closing
  • Straight teeth, but a possibly misaligned jaw
  • Breathing through his/her mouth—not nose
  • Teeth that are misaligned—or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of his/her face