THERESA SHAVER ORTHODONTICS
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Usually, by this age, several permanent teeth have erupted, allowing Dr. Shaver to effectively evaluate a child’s orthodontic condition.
In some cases, we may recommend early interceptive treatment – called Phase One treatment. With early treatment we can take the least invasive approach to everything from making room for adult teeth to advancing and/or expanding your child’s jaw. Addressing these issues while your child’s bones are growing gives us the ability to address things that, left unchecked, could require surgery and more invasive approaches in the future.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF EARLY TREATMENT?
Early treatment may have the following advantages:
- Influence jaw growth in a positive manner
- Harmonize the width of the dental arches
- Improve eruption patterns
- Lower risk of trauma to protruded upper incisors
- Correct harmful oral habits, such as thumb sucking
- Improve aesthetics and self-esteem
- Simplify and/or shorten treatment time should your child need orthodontic care later
- Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
- Improve some speech problems
- Preserve or gain space for permanent teeth
WILL MY CHILD NEED FULL BRACES IF HE OR SHE HAS PHASE ONE TREATMENT?
It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the "resting period," during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations. Any recall consultations during this “resting period” are always free of charge.