American Association of Orthodontists
recommends that children have an initial evaluation by the age of seven.
Why? Because it is the optimal time to evaluate skeletal development and
to identify the position of the permanent teeth. Some maladies can be
prevented at this time as well.
needs are unique. For some, it is best to begin treatment before all of
the permanent teeth have come in – this is called Phase I / Interceptive
Treatment. For others, it makes more sense to wait until the permanent
teeth are fully erupted and the roots are completely formed.
In Good Time
Operating in a
timely manner is important because it can improve the stability,
function and aesthetics of the results while helping prevent problems
down the road. A proper evaluation will help us create a seamless
treatment with periodic monitoring.
possibility of removing permanent teeth in order to correct
risk of trauma to protruded front teeth and other malpositioned
growth and permanent teeth into more favorable positions.
crowding and spacing problems.
appearance and self-esteem.