It’s best for an orthodontist to see children by age seven to advise whether orthodontic treatment is required and if that 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.
It is not good advice to wait for all permanent teeth to come in before visiting the orthodontist. The best part is that you don’t need a referral!
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, which gains space for erupting teeth, and thereby decrease 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.