Age of Recommended First Ortho Consult
The teen years may often be associated with braces but this isn’t always the case. When it comes to the latest, best-practice orthodontic care of your child’s teeth, timing is key. Orthodontic care might not be necessary until a patient is younger or older, but evaluating early is best. Age 7 or 8 is a great recommended age for a first ortho consult to start interceptive treatment.
It Might Be Important to Start Early
These days you might notice more 2nd and 3rd graders with braces. At around age 7 or 8 years, your child’s mouth will include a mix of both baby and permanent teeth which have not yet erupted.
This is a great time for an Orthodontic evaluation and consultation. Early detection and planning may prevent future treatment such as jaw surgery or tooth extractions. It may also mean faster treatment and better results. At around age 12, your child’s treatment options may be limited because major growth and development stage has already occurred.
Your Teens May Still Need Braces
With an early evaluation by Dr. H. M. Omana, we’ll help you understand when treatment should start. In some cases, problems should not be addressed until the beginning of adolescence.
Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment
Your child’s adult teeth develop early beneath the gums. As this happens you may notice changes in your child’s teeth such as crooked alignment. Even if you don’t, an Orthodontic evaluation is important. Some concerning changes may not be apparent. Dr. H. M. Omana can form a thorough, professional conclusion of what is happening now and future expectations.
Phase 1 or “interceptive” treatment typically means treatment starting around age 7. It’s usually classified as “early treatment”, or at least an early evaluation. At this age, children have jaws that are more flexible, with a great deal of growth potential. We’ll record the development stages by taking photographs and films of the teeth.
The idea is to address existing and potential problems now rather than later. Dr. H. M. Omana will help you anticipate the health, look, and functionality of your child’s adult teeth. Sometimes this includes braces or other treatment types in earlier years (2nd, 3rd graders, etc). Early treatment can eliminate the later need for surgery or extracting teeth to make room for adult teeth.
Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment
After your child matures, a follow-up or second phase evaluation can help finalize the treatment. The goal is a healthy, comfortable, functional, beautiful smile that remains stable.
Phase 2 typically occurs between the ages of 11 and 13. In this phase, we can correct issues such as overbite and tooth placement.
Call Today for a First Ortho Consult
No matter your child’s age, we’ll help you build a future filled with smiles. We understand how to work with the changing teeth, gums, and jaw structure expected in your child’s coming years. We will ensure those changes align with you and your child’s aesthetic goals. We will ensure those changes align with best-practice goals for health and functionality.