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.