It’s never too early to make your child’s smile a priority. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children receive their first orthodontic screening by age seven. In many cases, we’ll simply keep on tabs on the development of your little one’s teeth and jaws and they won’t actually undergo treatment until they’re older. Think of it as a chance for your kiddo to get comfortable with their orthodontist while they’re in this observational stage. Get in touch today to have one of our Norton, Virginia or Johnson City, Tennessee orthodontists perform a free consultation.
Why It’s So Important
Since a young child’s permanent teeth aren’t finished erupting, early treatment is about finding and evaluating issues to prevent them from becoming full-fledged problems and causing any further harm. Proactively correcting them before they’re serious, and while the teeth and jaws are still growing, will mean easier, more affordable treatment down the line.
Your Child’s First Visit to Sturgill & Storie Orthodontics
As a kid-friendly orthodontic practice, we make sure your child’s first visit is fun and relaxed. We speak in terms they can understand and establish a rapport so they feel comfortable. We’ll examine their mouth and let you know if there are any red flags that need to addressed such as potential tooth crowding, an overbite, an open bite or a gummy smile. If we do need to step in, we can develop a plan for Phase I orthodontic treatment, also known as interceptive treatment.
In Phase I treatment, orthodontic appliances may be used to direct the growth of the jaw and either prevent or correct problems. Then, the child will typically take a few years off while the rest of their teeth come in before finishing off with a round of braces or Invisalign when they’re teenagers. Two-phase treatment that begins in the early years is an excellent way to avoid surgery or extractions as an adult.
We know the idea can be a little overwhelming and we never recommend a two-phase approach unless we truly think it’s necessary. We believe in transparency and we’ll walk you through your child’s diagnosis and every aspect of the plan. This way we’re on the same page and you feel good about your treatment decisions.