Our orthodontists, as well as the American Association of Orthodontists, recommend that children visit an orthodontic practice for an evaluation when they are 7 years old. Parents may think that this age is too young, but it is actually a crucial time period in which we can most effectively correct any skeletal imbalances your child may have in their jaw and face. We use dentofacial orthopedic appliances during this phase one treatment in order to redirect the growth of these skeletal structures, preventing future problems and the need for invasive jaw surgery.
Dr. Brett Gluck and Dr. Zachary Levin provide orthopedics in Johns Creek, Georgia, because when we correct these structural issues early on, then we can prevent them from becoming worse and from causing other problems to develop. The treatments we offer at Quality Orthodontic Care can improve the function of your child’s jaw, allowing them to chew, swallow, and speak easily and correctly.
Parents may fear that since their children are so young during phase one treatment that they will struggle to comply with the necessary procedures. However, we have found that when children understand the reasons for orthopedic treatment and how they can help, then they are willing and able to cooperate with us.
Our phase one orthopedic treatment typically lasts for about 12 months and it will be performed when your child still has primary teeth in their mouth. Office appointments during treatment are usually 3-12 weeks apart, depending on the severity of the problems we are correcting. After phase one treatment is completed, there will be a 6-24 month resting period while your child’s permanent teeth come in. This tooth eruption may occur more quickly than normal since your child’s mouth now has the space for these teeth after orthopedic treatment. Phase two treatment will involve the alignment of a child’s permanent teeth using braces, and this treatment usually lasts 12-18 months.
When your child experiences our orthopedic and orthodontic care, then they can have an improved appearance, health, and bite function in years to come. Please call our office if you want to learn more about the treatments we provide.