Early Treatment

HudsonAlong with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by the age 7.

Dr. Gulland does not recommend Phase I or early treatment to everyone.  Most patients who have Phase I treatment will need another phase of treatment when all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Therefore whenever possible, Dr. G would prefer to wait until a patient is older and have all of their permanent teeth (around age 12) to do Full treatment (one time instead of two phases of treatment).

 However, there is a short list of problems Dr. Gulland feels should be treated early as part of Phase I.   If these problems are discovered during your exam, Dr. Gulland will explain why he feels treatment early is recommended.  Another reason for doing Phase I treatment is when a parent tells us that the child's self-esteem is being compromised due to the alignment of the teeth.

Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients.  It does not always mean braces.  Early treatment could include space maintainer to preserve space for unerupted teeth or removable retainers to move one or two front teeth.

To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.