The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven.
Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine. The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite and crossbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, which lessens the chance of extractions in the future.
Some common reasons for starting phase I treatment are:
- Large overbite
- Thumb-sucking habit
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Late loss of baby teeth
- Impacted or missing teeth
- Severe crowding
Addressing some of these problems early can save you and your little one from lengthier, more complicated, and more expensive treatment later on in Phase-Two treatment.
Scheduling a consultation appointment does not mean that your child will need an early treatment. The truth is that most children will not need any orthodontic treatment until 12 or 13 years of age, but for those who need an early orthodontic treatment, it can be truly impactful.
During the first visit, Dr. Milena will perform an orthodontic evaluation and help you decide if your child could benefit from an early orthodontic treatment. We will have an honest and upfront conversation if treatment is really necessary.
If you son or daughter does not need an early treatment, he or she will become a member of our MPowered Kids Program. This means that Dr. Milena will see your youngster for a growth development evaluation every 6 to 12 months to continue monitoring development and growth of teeth and jaws.