The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receives his or her first orthodontic screening by age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems and correct them before they become more serious. This will save you and your child time and money by preventing future problems before they begin.

Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. Because a young child's permanent teeth have not finished erupting, we are able to thoroughly evaluate and address any impending problems at the earliest stage.

During your child's initial evaluation, we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as potential crowding, open bite, overbite or gummy smiles. The Phase I treatment plan can include preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, correct a current problem or help direct jawbone growth. Multiple problems with tooth alignment, gums, jaws and facial problems can be corrected with Phase I treatment.

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Before and After

Severe crowding and narrow upper arch.  Treatment with upper palate expander and braces on permanent incisors.  Treatment time 10 months.  Full braces may be necessary when the rest of the permanent teeth erupt.

Common Early Treatments - Case 1

Young people may be very self-conscious about crooked teeth.  Upper incisors were aligned with braces in 10 months.  Full braces may be necessary when the rest of the permanent teeth erupt.

Common Early Treatments - Case 2

A narrow upper arch forces a youngster to shift the lower jaw to the side when chewing.  Upper arch expansion allows the lower jaw to bite in a normal position.

Common Early Treatments - Case 3

A holding arch can help correct crowding if it is placed before the primary molars are lost. 

Common Early Treatments - Case 4

Anterior crossbite correction.  Treatment time 4 months.

Common Early Treatments - Case 5

This 8-year-old's upper jaw is very small relative to the lower jaw, resulting in a crossbite of the front and back teeth.  Upper expansion and a holding arch have corrected the crossbites.  When all the permanent teeth have erupted, full braces will be necessary to complete the tooth alignment.

Common Early Treatments - Case 6

A short lower jaw may result in excessive overjet (horizontal overbite).  In a growing person, lower jaw growth can be accelerated with orthodontic treatment.  The Herbst appliance holds the lower jaw forward.  It is generally worn about a year.

Common Early Treatments - Case 7