How will I know if my child will need orthodontic treatment?

We encourage you to speak to us if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development. Developing malocclusions, or bad bites, can be recognized as early as 2 to 3 years of age. Many times early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age.

Stage I – Early Treatment: This period of treatment encompasses ages 2 to 6 years. At this young age, we are concerned with underdeveloped dental arches, the premature loss of primary teeth, and harmful habits such as finger or thumb sucking. Treatment initiated in this stage of development is often very successful and many times, though not always, can eliminate the need for future orthodontic/orthopedic treatment.

Stage II – Mixed Dentition: This period covers the ages of 6 to 10 years, with the eruption of the permanent incisor (front) teeth and 6- year molars. Treatment concerns deal with jaw malrelationships and dental realignment problems such as crowding and poor eruption angles of permanent teeth. This is an excellent stage to start treatment, when indicated, as your child’s hard and soft tissues are usually very responsive to orthodontic or orthopedic forces.

Stage III – Adolescent Dentition: This stage deals with the permanent teeth and the development of the final bite relationship.


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