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  • Early Orthodontic Treatment in Toronto

    According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) a child’s first Orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of an Orthodontic problem or by 7 years of age.  While no treatment may be necessary at this age, this important evaluation will help determine the best time to begin treatment.

    Early Orthodontic evaluation can help detect:

    • Crowded teeth leading to poor oral hygiene, tooth decay and/or gum disease
    • Protruding teeth which may be susceptible to trauma
    • Crossbites which can lead to uneven tooth wear and even unfavorable facial growth
    • Open bites due to thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting which can lead to speech impediments
    • Unfavorable growth patterns of the facial bones

    The advantages of Early (Phase 1) treatment include:

    • Being able to make room for crowded/erupting teeth
    • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
    • Retracting protruded teeth to decrease the likelihood of trauma to them
    • Intercepting problems before they occur/become worse, which if it were not caught may require the extraction of permanent teeth
    • Elimination of deleterious habits such as thumb-sucking

    If Phase 1 treatment is required, it is often short and following by a period where all appliances are removed and the jaws and teeth are allowed to develop normally. This is followed by a Phase 2 once all the permanent teeth are in. Early treatment with a Phase 1, for those who require it, reduces the total time in braces.

    Dr. Nalbandian is happy to provide a complimentary initial consultations for parents of patients from Scarborough, Markham, North York, and the Greater Toronto area with their concerns.