While the answer to that question is unique to each child, most orthodontists advise that a child should be evaluated by an orthodontist around age 7. This is because many problems with a child’s jaw growth and alignment of teeth can be identified and treated during this age range. Early intervention can often lead to shorter and less complicated treatment later on. However, some children may not need to see an orthodontist until age 9 or 10, when all of the permanent teeth have come in. Ultimately, the decision about when to seek treatment should be made by you and your child’s orthodontist.
What’s the difference between a single-phase and two-phase treatment?
A single-phase treatment is when a child receives orthodontic care during just one stage of their life. This type of treatment is typically recommended for children who have more complex problems that require comprehensive treatment. Two-phase treatment, on the other hand, involves receiving orthodontic care during two different stages of life.
A multi-phase treatment approach may be advised if severe orthodontic issues are detected in children when the baby teeth are still present. Two-phase treatments typically include a phase-one treatment of 1 to 2 years for the early correction of tooth and jaw problems such as severely protruding teeth. This is often followed by a “resting period” of several years, during which the child’s teeth and jaws continue to grow and develop. Phase two of treatment usually begins around the time all of the permanent teeth have come in and focuses on achieving the final alignment of the teeth.
What are some common orthodontic problems?
Some common orthodontic problems include crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, and crossed teeth. Crowding occurs when there is simply not enough space in the mouth for all of the teeth. Spacing problems can be caused by missing teeth or by larger-than-normal gaps between the teeth. An overbite occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth, while an underbite occurs when the lower teeth bite in front of the upper teeth. Crossed teeth happen when the upper and lower teeth do not align properly.
How long will treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending on the type and severity of the problem being treated, but most treatments take 12 to 24 months. In some cases, treatment may be as short as 6 months, while in other cases it may take up to 3 years.
What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can improve both the function and the appearance of your teeth. By correcting alignment and bite problems, orthodontic treatment can help you to chew more efficiently and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, many people feel that straighter, better-aligned teeth improve their self-confidence and give them a boost in life.
Omni Dental of Arlington Heights
An attractive smile is one of the most important assets a person can have. A healthy, beautiful smile can boost your confidence and make you feel great. If you are not happy with the appearance of your teeth, orthodontic treatment may be the solution you are looking for. Orthodontic treatment can straighten teeth, correct bite problems, and improve your overall dental health. Contact Omni Dental of Arlington Heights today to schedule a consultation and find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you.