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Treatment for Kids

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child is evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7, or earlier if there are problems that need to be evaluated.


What is early treatment?

Early treatment is often called phase one orthodontic treatment. This type of treatment is appropriate only for a small percentage of children. Early orthodontic treatment typically begins around age 8 or 9, and presents the opportunity to:

  • influence jaw growth
  • improve the width of upper jaw and dental arches
  • improve airway
  • correct harmful crossbites or underbites
  • reduce the need to extract permanent teeth
  • reduce or eliminate the need for jaw surgery
  • correct harmful oral habits
  • guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • preserve of gain space for permanent teeth
  • improve self-esteem for kids struggling with teasing/bullying due to appearance of the teeth
  • influence jaw growth
  • improve the width of upper jaw and dental arches
  • improve airway
  • correct harmful crossbites or underbites
  • reduce the need to extract permanent teeth
  • reduce or eliminate the need for jaw surgery
  • correct harmful oral habits
  • guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • preserve of gain space for permanent teeth
  • improve self-esteem for kids struggling with teasing/bullying due to appearance of the teeth

What is two-phase treatment?

Two-phase treatment occurs when a child needs early treatment for a specific problem (such as correction of an underbite at age 8) then needs braces at age 12 to correct the alignment of the permanent teeth.


Who needs early treatment?

Early treatment isn’t necessary for everyone, but can be extremely beneficial for those who do. Most children can wait for orthodontic treatment until more permanent teeth come in around age 11-13. A consultation with Dr. Walker will help determine if early treatment is recommended.

If early treatment is not necessary, Walker Orthodontics offers a recall observation service at no charge. Following a patient’s growth and development closely allows us to optimally plan later treatment needs. Children enrolled in our recall program are typically observed every 6-12 months by Dr. Walker.

 

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