We tend to think of braces as a teenage experience, so it can be surprising to learn that the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children have an initial orthodontic consultation by age seven.
There are certain types of orthodontic problems that respond well to two-phase orthodontic treatment —
Early correction for a cross-bite can be easier and help stop lower jaw problems from getting worse. In cases of extreme crowding, phase 1 treatment can create more room, reducing the need for future tooth extraction. Protrusive front teeth (teeth that stick out) are at higher risk of being damaged, particularly for very active children, and moving them back could prevent an injury.
The idea of two-phase treatment may appeal to some parents who prefer to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to their children’s oral health, but two-phase orthodontic treatment is not for every patient.
For many patients, the final results after a single treatment period will be the same as at the end of two-phase treatment. Even in some cases where it would make sense, the child may not be able to follow the orthodontist’s instructions very effectively because they are so young.
Whether your child will benefit most from one phase of treatment or two, you can trust Dr Hassey to find the best treatment plan for them so that they will be able to have the straight, healthy smile they deserve. If your child is old enough for that initial exam, give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation!