Early Orthodontics (also known as phase 1 orthodontics) is oftentimes recommended for children aged 7-11 when they still have a mix of baby teeth & adult teeth.
Is early Orthodontics really necessary?
Both the American Association of Orthodontists and the Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommend that a child have an orthodontic consultation by the age of 7. When most parents think of orthodontics, they think ‘braces’. But early orthodontics can be a necessary step prior to braces that helps guide the growth of the jaw bones and corrects the types of bite problems you’ll see below.
How to tell if your child needs early orthodontic treatment
In addition to noticing the types of bite problems pictured above, your child may require early orthodontic treatment if you notice the following:
- If he or she regularly breathes through their mouth instead of their nose
- If thumb sucking continues after age 5
- If there is difficulty chewing/biting
- If there are speech impediments
To find out more about early orthodontics for your child, complete the form to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation.