It's best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and if it is the best time for your child to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time, and growth issues can be identified.
With Phase l treatment, our orthodontists at MCO can guide the growth of the jaws and incoming permanent teeth. We can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for erupting teeth, whereby decreasing the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.