Early Orthodontic Treatment – Braces for Kids 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.