The Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommend all children have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Treatment is not always required at this time, but there are specific problems that benefit greatly from early treatment. A referral from your dentist is not necessary to schedule an exam, so please contact us if you would like an evaluation for your child.
When most people think of orthodontics, they think of comprehensive treatment: braces on all the upper and lower teeth. Braces treatment can usually begin as soon as all the permanent teeth are in the mouth. Because of this, some children can start as early as age 10, while others may not be ready for full treatment until their late teens. For some patients, delaying treatment until adulthood may work best for them. Dr. Jeannotte will let you know when is the most appropriate time to start treatment for your particular orthodontic problem.
Early or Interceptive Orthodontics
With early or interceptive orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist is working to simplify later orthodontic treatment. Early orthodontic treatment can:
- guide the growth of the jaws so that they are compatible in their size and shape
- regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches
- guide permanent teeth as they come into the mouth
- gain space for permanent teeth, often avoiding the need for permanent tooth extractions
- reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
- correct thumb-sucking
- help correct speech problems
Your orthodontist can let you know at your initial consultation if you would benefit from early treatment. When comprehensive orthodontics/full
braces is still needed in the future, the treatment will be easier and faster after this early phase.
Two Phase Treatment
Two phase treatment is orthodontic treatment for growing children that is divided into two distinct stages.
- Phase 1: appliances are used that modify growth to create upper and lower jaws that are similar in their size, shape and position
- Phase 2: braces are used to bring the teeth into their ideal position for a proper functioning bite and beautiful smile
During your initial consultation, Dr. Jeannotte will advise you if your child can benefit from two-phase treatment.
- Phase 1: 9 - 15 months
- Phase 2: 15 - 22 months
The timing of each stage depends on the individual child's growth and stage of development, but general guidelines are:
- Phase 1: when the child is actively growing, but still has some baby teeth - usually between the ages of 8 and 11 years old
- Phase 2: when all of the permanent/adult teeth have come in - usually between the ages of 11 and 14 years old
Children who have large differences in the size, shape and position of their upper and lower jaws can benefit from a first phase of growth modification. When completed, phase 1 will result in upper and lower jaws that are compatible with each other. Having well aligned jaws makes it possible to produce a properly functioning bite with a second phase of braces treatment
When treatment is started at the correct time, 2 phase treatment can allow orthodontists to correct large discrepancies between the upper and lower jaws without jaw surgery.
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