Timing is everything in orthodontics. Some challenges can be best corrected early when a child is still growing while other problems can wait until all adult teeth are in. When problems are growth related and have to do with the position, shape and size of the jaws (jaw relationship) the ideal time to assess is when a child is still young and growing. Early screening is free of charge and helps avoid more serious interventions in the future including extraction of adult teeth, jaw surgery, etc.
While a child is still growing, appliances can be comfortably and effectively used to correct jaw relationship as well as make room for all future adult teeth. In all cases, early treatment will prevent the need for multiple extractions (removal) of baby and permanent teeth and can result in desired profile and other changes.
By age 7 or 8 an orthodontist can already assess what the future holds for a child’s bite. That does not mean than all children need early orthodontic treatment. In fact, An early orthodontic evaluation can ease a parent’s apprehension about orthodontic treatment and help explain unwarranted concerns and alleviate unnecessary worry.
Some conditions are best treated early for biological, social or practical reasons whereas other should be treated later in life. But when immediate treatment is needed, we can begin correcting abnormalities that are best treated while the face is still developing. If we can get a head start, some orthodontic problems are better corrected earlier rather than later in life to improve a child’s well-being as well as function.
The primary grades are a time when self-confidence and self-esteem are being developed and when teasing and bullying can undermine the emotional well-being of a child. Early intervention helps correct overbites, underbites, crowding and many other orthodontic challenges and often helps to avoid other future interventions including extraction of adult teeth, jaw surgery, etc. While Early Treatment does not replace Full Treatment later, over half of our Early Treatment patients are very happy with the function and aesthetics of the smile after early intervention.
Comfortable, and removable appliances are custom built for our patients and in some cases, Early Treatment Braces may be used for Early Treatment. Children can design their own appliances or “retainers”. Custom built appliances can be in Glow-in- the- dark colors, sparkles, and can include an array of images that can be built in to the appliances.
(Compliance in care and wear of appliances is enhanced when the child can custom design their own appliances.)
Visits/adjustment every 6-10 weeks allow us to monitor development, fit, compliance, as we move to the next set of appliances or however the doctor custom plans each unique early treatment prescription.
While Early Treatment does not replace the need for full treatment later over 70% of our Early Treatment patients and their families are pleased with the improvement and choose to not continue
with a second phase of orthodontic treatment. Dr Jared and Dr Mark will discuss this at you complimentary new patient consultation.
Please consider bringing your child in for a free consultation to learn if an early orthodontic intervention may be necessary. Recall appointments are free of charge as we monitor developing bites and decide upon ideal timing of treatment.
Invisalign First is a series of invisible, removable, clear aligners that are customized to meet the unique treatment goals of each child. (Like adult Invisalign but with special features geared to the growing child)
Invisalign First clear aligners are designed for developing smile shape, dental arch form which will create the correct amount of space for permanent erupting dentition, and address and correct a multitude of other orthodontic challenges. (Consider bringing your child in for a complimentary orthodontic consultation to learn about his/her bite and what your treatment options may be, if treatment is needed)
Each aligner is worn 24/7 for approximately one week before moving to the next. There are no food restrictions because aligners may be removed for eating and cleaning.
Orthodontic visits every 8-10 weeks allow us to monitor development, fit, compliance, as we move through the aligner program. “Bumps” or attachments (which can be colored or invisible) are glued to the teeth to help the removable aligners “grab” the teeth and result in more predictable and efficient results.
For more information on how Early Treatment may benefit your child, you can book your child’s complimentary orthodontic consultation for any of our three locations right her on our site.