The American Association of Orthodontists® recommends children receive their first orthodontic screening at age 7. We encourage you to bring your child to our office at this age to evaluate their need for orthodontic treatment either now or in the future. Dr. Gulland is conservative in his approach to orthodontics and therefore only recommends early, or Phase I, treatment for a short list of problems.
Early orthodontic treatment is advantageous in certain circumstances because a young child's teeth have not finished erupting; this allows us to guide their eruption and address any problems at the earliest possible stage. Early treatment may involve space maintainers, removable appliances or some limited braces. Examples of issues often addressed in early treatment:
If your child is a candidate for early treatment, don't worry. Our team members, most of whom are mothers themselves, are experienced working with the youngest of children. Their kindness, compassion and caring will put them, and you, at ease.