Orthodontic problems can be recognized as early as 4 years of age, as evident by a lack of spacing between a child’s primary (baby) teeth, as well as, upper and/or lower jaw discrepancies.
Although there is variability among children and their dental development, the correct time to seek an orthodontic consult is at approximately 7-8 years of age. At this stage, most children’s upper and lower incisors and 1st permanent molars have erupted, providing Dr. Y the necessary information as to their orthodontic needs and therefore the ideal timing for their orthodontic treatment. If there are sufficient indications (i.e., severe crowding, cross-bite, under-bite, thumb-sucking, and more) for early orthodontic intervention Dr. Y will recommended the ideal treatment approach specific to your child’s needs.
Phase-one treatment typically lasts from 12 to 18 months, depending on the severity of the condition. Following the completion of the orthodontic treatment, Dr. Y will continue to monitor the growth and development while your child is wearing his or her retainer, re-evaluating their orthodontic needs following the loss of the remaining primary teeth which typically occurs between the ages of 12-14.