If you’re concerned about the alignment of your child’s teeth, we’d always recommend that you take them to visit a specialist orthodontist. This is our advice even for younger children who don’t yet have all of their adult teeth.
The reason for this is that younger children can really benefit from phased orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist may recommend phased orthodontic treatment when it’s likely they’ll have a moderate to severe malocclusion once all their adult teeth have erupted.
What is phased orthodontic treatment?
In phased orthodontic treatment, there are usually two stages. Stage one is a preparation stage and consists of a brace or a retainer designed to ready the jaw to properly accommodate all thirty two adult teeth.
Stage two happens later, usually once all of the adult teeth have erupted, and consists of a second brace or retainer designed to encourage the teeth into a healthy and aesthetically pleasing alignment.
What are the benefits of doing this?
Phased orthodontic treatment is a proactive treatment designed to reduce the severity of a malocclusion before it happens.
Preventative treatment is very effective, and early intervention often means that your child won’t have to undergo teeth extractions at a later date. It may also mean that they will spend less time wearing a brace as a teenager, and that the final results are more impressive.
What should you do if you think your child would benefit from phased orthodontic treatment?
If you think your child could benefit from early intervention, the best thing to do is to get advice from a specialist orthodontist. Some people like to ask their usual dentist for a referral, but it’s usually much quicker to make an appointment yourself directly with your chosen specialist orthodontist.
Why not make an appointment to discuss how this kind of treatment might benefit your child?