While there is not an exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. At this time it will be determined if your child needs early treatment (also known as Phase-One).
Phase-One treatment typically begins around eight or nine when most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth. Phase-Two treatment will begin around 11 or older. Early treatment allows the orthodontist to evaluate for overbites, open bites, crossbites, extreme crowding, and recessed or protruded lower jaw. It gives the orthodontist the opportunity to create space for crowded teeth, which can prevent the need for extractions of permanent teeth later. Additionally, if a child has a habit such as thumb-sucking, it is best to intervene early. Diagnosing and correcting tooth and jaw problems sooner than later can reduce or eliminate the need for surgery in the future.
Long gone are the days where having braces is not cool. In fact, there are many different types of braces depending on the needs and wishes of our teens. Some teens enjoy using colorful elastic bands to express their individualism, school colors, or holiday festivity. At Georgetown Orthodontics we offer high tech Damon braces in both metal (stainless steel) and clear (ceramic), which allows for shorter treatment time, a gentler experience, and fewer appointments. For our teens who prefer an alternative to traditional braces we offer Invisalign Teen, which are clear removable aligners.
Braces aren’t just for kids. With the numerous advances in technology, now is a great time for adults to consider orthodontic treatment. We offer Damon braces in both metal (stainless steel) and clear (ceramic). This system allows for shorter treatment time, a gentler experience, and fewer appointments, which makes this a very appealing treatment option for busy people. For our adult patients who prefer to go with a removable clear align
Signs that may indicate the need for early treatment
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing and/or biting
- Finger or Thumb-sucking habit
- Mouth breathing
- Speech impediments
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth that come together abnormally or do not come together at all (open bite)
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
- Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes their mouth (crossbites)