Orthodontic treatment is not “one size fits all”. Each patient is unique and treatment plans are individualized accordingly. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children have an evaluation by an orthodontist by the age of 7. If you have questions about whether your child requires an orthodontic consultation, ask your pediatric or general dentist.
Once in our practice we will examine your child and determine if treatment is required. In some cases we like to observe further development before we recommend any course of action.
Early Orthodontic Treatment
Interceptive (Phase I Treatment)
Interceptive or Phase I Treatment constitutes relatively mild to moderate intervention when children are in mixed dentition (ages 6-9). This type of intervention is targeted and not comprehensive.
Examples include maintenance of space, tooth rotation, reduction of tooth overlap, correction of cross bite or reduction in tooth flaring. When most of the permanent teeth have erupted the patient is re-evaluated for further treatment, known as Phase II treatment.
Phase II TreatmentPhase II treatment is recommended to optimize the position of the permanent teeth for ideal aesthetics and function. Phase II treatment generally consists of braces, invisalign, or lingual braces. (braces on the inside of the teeth). Phase II treatment time is typically 12 to 18 months, but can take more time in few cases.