EVERY SMILE MATTERS
NOW IS THE TIME
If you’re here right now researching orthodontics for your child, it’s usually for one of two reasons. Either your dentist suggested you seek an orthodontic consultation or you’re looking at your kid’s teeth thinking those things are a mess! However you found, us you can relax and feel confident that the team at Newman Orthodontics will educate you as to what is the best treatment for your child.
For every child there is an optimal time to begin orthodontics. For this reason, we believe in the guidelines set by the American Association of Orthodontics be followed. They recommend all children be seen by an orthodontist by ages seven. While most will not require treatment at this age, Dr. Newman will be able to determine when would be the most appropriate time for your child.
Some children can benefit from early (phase I treatment) usually at age 7 to 9. Most kids however are not undergoing comprehensive orthodontics until all their adult teeth come in usually at age 11-12.
If you have notice kids seem to be getting braces younger than ever before, you are not alone. Amazing things can happen if we treat our young patients (usually between 7 to 9 years old) with certain malocclusions early rather than later. While it is true that many young patients do not require interceptive orthodontic therapy, for those that do the results can be dramatic.
Most early orthodontics (phase I) is directed at jaw discrepancies while later or phase II orthodontics is directed at tooth discrepancies. Phase I can predictably correct in a young patent what would be a severe problem later. We are thrilled when we can prevent the need to remove teeth, correct a facial asymmetry or help break a harmful habit such as thumb sucking.
Goals of Phase I:
– Correct Jaw discrepancies (Crossbites, OverBites, Underbites)
– Provide more room for the developing adult teeth
– Create a better occlusion or bite
Be sure you visit our office by age seven to determine if early/interceptive orthodontics is right you’re your child.
If you close your eyes and picture a child in braces, you’re probably thinking about comprehensive orthodontics. This is when all the adult teeth have braces placed, guiding them into an ideal position.