The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends an orthodontic screening for children by the age of 7 years. At age 7, the teeth and jaws are developed enough so that the dentist or orthodontist can see if there will be any serious bite problems in the future. Most of the time treatment is not necessary at age 7, but it gives the parents and dentist time to watch the development of the patient and decide on the best mode of treatment as well as plan ahead. Research has shown that serious orthodontic problems can be more easily corrected when the patient's skeleton is still growing and flexible. By correcting the skeletal problems at a younger age we can prepare the mouth for the eventual eruption of the permanent teeth. If the permanent teeth have adequate space to erupt they will come in fairly straight.
If the teeth erupt fairly straight their tendency to get crooked again after the braces come off is diminished significantly. After the permanent teeth have erupted, usually from age 12-14, complete braces are placed for final alignment and detailing of the bite. Thus the final stage of treatment is quicker and easier on the patient. This phase of treatment usually lasts from 12 - 18 months and is not started until all of the permanent teeth have appeared.
In many cases, doing orthodontic treatments in two steps provides excellent results because it often allows the doctor to avoid removal of permanent teeth and jaw surgery. Phase 1 of the treatment is done when some of the baby teeth are still present. Phase 2 of treatment occurs after all the permanent teeth have erupted. For more information, give us a call at 844-616-5437 today!
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