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According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should be evaluated by an orthodontic specialist by age 7. Most parents leave their child’s initial evaluation relieved to know that orthodontic care and treatment can wait. However, some discover that early orthodontic treatment (also called Phase One orthodontic treatment) can significantly reduce the need for costly or more invasive treatment later in life. Phase One orthodontic treatment seeks to address issues before all permanent teeth have fully erupted. The ideal age for this differs, as it depends on your child’s developmental stage and the nature of the orthodontic problem. Our pediatric orthodontist in Friendswood, TX, can help determine your child’s needs.
Cases that may require early treatment include:
At Clear Choice Orthodontic Associates, you can trust that we will never recommend unnecessary orthodontic care and treatment for your child. If your child is able to wait for treatment until he or she is older, then that is what we will tell you – in fact, that is what we tell most patients who come in for their child’s initial evaluation at age 7!
If we do find that your child would benefit from early orthodontic treatment to prevent later problems, we will discuss all options and their benefits at length with you. Our goal is for you to feel confident in any treatment you choose to pursue for your child.
When we address the types of issues listed above before the permanent teeth have grown in, we can provide a variety of potential benefits for your child, including:
In some cases, Phase One orthodontic treatment may be able to help achieve ideal results that would not otherwise be possible after a child’s permanent teeth have erupted.
To learn more about early orthodontic care and treatment and to find out if your child would benefit from it, schedule your child’s complimentary Dr. McLendon Smile Analysis. This package for new patients includes a complete exam and an office tour. Additionally, patients will receive x-rays and a comprehensive consultation with one of our expert Friendswood orthodontists – a $250 value, yours free! To learn more or to schedule your child’s free Dr. McLendon Smile Analysis, call 281.587.4900. To request your appointment online, click here. We look forward to meeting you!