Children should have their first orthodontic screening by 7-8 years old. It’s essential to screen for complex orthodontic problems that can be corrected before braces. Some of the treatments that children need to receive include extractions of permanent teeth or even surgery in some limited cases.
“Phase 1” orthodontic treatment might not be indicated for simple orthodontic issues but is for obvious problems such as excessive overcrowding , significant over-jet, underbite, crossbites, or to modify a child’s growth for their benefit. While some parents may want to straighten teeth at a young age, the purpose for Phase 1 treatment is to address foundational concerns of the jaw alignment and create space for permanent teeth to come into the arch. After these concerns are met, your child should be ready for a more straightforward “Phase 2” (i.e., braces).
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