While many parents assume that orthodontic treatment shouls await adolescence or until all of a child’s adult teeth have erupted (except for the third molars, or wisdom teeth), this is not necessarily the case.
Most orthodontists would agree that a child’s first orthodontic examination should occur around age six or seven. At this stage, there are some problems that are correctable by utilizing intercepting measures. These actions may better take advantage of a child’s growth spurts to effect quicker and more optimal outcomes for developing jaws.
A condition may be cleared up or minimized to the point where further intervention at a later age may be unnecessary or easier to facilitate. Waiting for all the baby teeth to fall out before submitting to an initial orthodontic examination may result in missing a chance to nip a problem in the bud.
Several permanent teeth have erupted in most children by age seven, allowing their orthodontic condition to be evaluated. For children who require early intervention, Phase I treatment usually commences between the ages of seven and 10 and lasts about a year to 21 months.
To determine whether your child could benefit from early orthodontic treatment, call North Jersey Orthodontics today to schedule an initial examination, at no charge. We are committed to offering our patients the best orthodontic treatment.