The American and Canadian Associations of Orthodontists recommend that children have an initial orthodontic consultation as of age 7.
During that first visit your orthodontist may ask to see you again for follow-ups every 6 or 12 months, depending on your child’s needs.
However, when problems are already present or are about to develop, they often can be immediately improved or corrected with an early treatment. We call this phase the interceptive treatment, i.e. the phase 1.
Here are a few examples of some preliminary actions that can be initiated for your child:
– Improve breathing;
– Guide or correct an asymmetrical jaw growth;
– Reduce the risk of trauma to the incisors;
– Correct bad habits: thumb sucking, tongue posture, etc.;
– Guide the proper eruption of permanent teeth;
– Avoid subsequent interventions which often prove more expensive.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, I invite you to look at the title image above showing some of the dental malocclusions that we treat at the clinic:
Whatever the problem, as your appointments with the orthodontist progressed, the treatment plan is refine for the optimal development of your child’s teeth.
When the timing is appropriate, phase 2 – commonly known as the corrective phase – takes place until a perfectly aesthetic and functional dentition is achieved.
Do not hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Serge Yacoub for a first consultation with your child.
Looking forward to helping you.
Dr. Serge Yacoub