Dr. Paciorek & The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child be evaluated by age 7. At that early age, it’s possible to determine if there are issues related to the child’s growth or tooth development that should be addressed sooner rather than later. Early, interceptive treatment can be recommended to correct crossbites, underbites, extreme crowding, impacted permanent teeth, under or over developed jaws that affect the profile and bite, and constricted airways.
With early treatment, we can take a less invasive, preventative approach. Addressing development concerns while the bones are growing gives us the ability to avoid more invasive approaches in the future.
For kids who don’t need early treatment, we’ve created our Growth & Guidance program. We’ll see kids at least once a year, at no charge, to monitor their growth and determine the right time and options for treatment. Plus, they will learn great habits that will help them maintain a healthy, beautiful smile throughout their life.
We place patients in our Observation Program if they are not ready for treatment. Our office then observes them in our office every 8 to 12 months. Additionally, the Observation Program also helps us build a relationship with your child and determine the optimum time to begin treatment to achieve the best possible result.
We observe their progress as they grow and make sure permanent teeth erupt in correct position. In some cases, early removal of baby teeth can eliminate poor permanent teeth patterns and reduce the treatment time required for braces. We will also notify your general dentist of recommendations made during any Observation visits.
Does early orthodontic treatment prevent the need for braces when permanent teeth come in?
Typically, no. Early orthodontic treatment can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent more severe problems from developing, and simplify future treatment. Generally, a shorter phase of treatment in the teen years, after all permanent teeth have come in, completes the correction. In some circumstances, patients don’t need braces after early orthodontic treatment.