Why do some children need early treatment and others don’t, and why are kids getting braces so young these days! Many of us (me included) had early treatment in the 90’s. I think it’s about getting into the orthodontist early enough allowing us to recognize potential major issues. This is why all kids 7 and up should see the orthodontist.
By finding these problems early, we can reduce the chance of major issues like impacted canines or extractions, and address growth disturbances and more. In other words, we are trying to prevent the things that most parents complain about, “I had braces for 5 years, I had extractions, I had impacted teeth”.
There are many reasons why we do early treatment. I think what can be the most confusing is seeing one kid who looks like they may need treatment, but it’s not recommended. Then another child who doesn’t look like they need it but does receive treatment. We are looking beyond just the front teeth. Crowding alone is not a reason to do a phase I treatment.
Feeling confused? Bring your children 7 and up into the office for a complimentary consultation and we will evaluate and discuss. No referral needed from your dentist.