Children with very severe dental and jaw misalignment, premature loss of their baby teeth, or bad habits that damage the bite (such as thumb or finger sucking) may benefit from early treatment when the first permanent teeth start coming in (when the first adult incisors erupt between 6 and 8 years of age).
Early treatment is not primarily aimed at achieving perfect alignment or perfectly positioned teeth. The main aim is to catch developmental issues at an early stage and prevent them from getting worse.
Early orthodontic treatment usually takes 1 to 1.5 years and is usually done with removable braces. Many children go on to receive full orthodontic treatment a few years later.
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At the first visit to our practice, we examine your child’s tooth and jaw positioning. We will usually be able to let you know at that visit whether orthodontic treatment is necessary and if so, when treatment should start and how much of the cost will be covered by your health insurance provider.
We need to make diagnostic records to evaluate the extent of the malocclusion and the treatment required. The material we collect for diagnosis includes photographs, models of the jaw and x-rays. To minimize radiation exposure, our practice uses only the most modern digital radiography techniques.
Once diagnostic work-up and assessment is complete, we have all the information we need to draw up a personalized treatment plan. We will then discuss the plan with you in detail – along with possible alternative treatment options. Any decisions will be based on careful assessment of the benefit of treatment versus the time and cost involved.
Early orthodontic treatment is usually done with removable braces. Early treatment generally takes 1 – 1.5 years. As with any orthodontic care, good compliance and regular check-ups are essential for successful treatment.