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Growing Confident Smiles

Early Prevention

 

Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children

What is the difference between early orthodontic treatment and regular orthodontic treatment, and why might my child need early treatment? How will early treatment benefit my child in the long run?

These are just a few of the questions surrounding the topic of early orthodontic treatment for children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point the orthodontist will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment.

Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older). The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.

How to tell if your child may need early orthodontic treatment:

What causes orthodontic problems, and how will early treatment benefit my child?

Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits.

Most children lose all their baby teeth by age 13, and by the end of their teen years, the jaw bones will harden and stop growing. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extraction or oral surgery. Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future.

If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, or if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child's smile.

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In my mid 30s, getting braces seemed like a difficult decision. After my consultation with Dr. Todd, I felt very confident that I made the right choice. The staff was very friendly, they have very flexible scheduling for appointments, and I was treated like an adult. Dr. Todd exceeded my expectations. I love my new smile and would recommend them to anyone.
- Zach
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Everyone at Rasch Orthodontics is so nice. I feel very comfortable there. Dr. Rasch always has fun colors to choose from when I have my braces adjusted. They are also very gentle when they work in my mouth. I can see so much improvement, and if you go there I bet you will too!!!
- Mallory
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We have been very pleased with our decision to have our son's orthodontic needs cared for by Dr. Rasch. Upon meeting Dr. Rasch, it was apparent that he was an expert in the field of orthodontics...
We were so pleased with the results, our younger son is now also starting his orthodontic journey with Dr. Rasch. We can't wait to see the results!
- Rita, Mother of Sal
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- Brynne
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We interviewed several orthodontists in the area. We chose Dr. Rasch and the plan of treatment he suggested because the timeline of care was efficient, the goal was clear and concise, and, most importantly, our daughter had an immediate level of comfort with him as a person…
- Mother of Cassidy