Orthodontics for Children

Orthodontic evaluation and treatment at an early age are integral in ensuring that your children get off to a great start with their life-long oral health.

If you're a parent with a child who may need orthodontic treatment, we want to put your concerns to rest!

When should my child first visit the orthodontist?

Many orthodontic problems can be easier to correct if they are detected at an early age.

The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should have a consultation with an orthodontist by the age of 7.

Although some children may not require, or be able to undergo treatment until they are between the ages of 11 and 13, in other cases, certain problems can be dealt with before they're fully developed.

The first permanent molars and incisors have usually erupted around the age of 7, and so crowding, crossbites, and other problems can be evaluated.

Can a child who still has some baby teeth undergo orthodontic treatment?

In some cases, yes. Some orthodontic problems can require early intervention. On the other hand, if the problem cannot yet be treated, the orthodontist will carefully monitor your child's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

What is Phase I Treatment?

Early interceptive (Phase I) treatment is a limited form of orthodontic treatment (e.g., expander or partial braces) that takes place before all of the child's permanent teeth have emerged.

This phase of treatment occurs when the child is between the ages of 6 and 10. Your orthodontist will recommend early interceptive treatment to make more room for developing teeth to erupt properly, or to correct overbites, crossbites, underbites, or harmful oral habits.

Will my child still need full braces after Phase I Treatment?

It is quite likely that your child will eventually need full braces. Phase I treatment isn't done to avoid later orthodontic treatment, but rather to make it more effective and efficient. 

Early orthodontic treatment can help make space for permanent teeth, regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, prevent the need for the extraction of permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems.

In short, Phase I treatment essentially sets the stage for Phase II treatment.

Orthodontic Treatment for Children in Coquitlam

What can go wrong at an early age?

There are several reasons a child may need orthodontic treatment at an early age. Early phase treatment may reduce or prevent the need for more intensive treatment later on.

When treatment is initiated at an early age, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and the incoming permanent teeth.

The following issues can be treated with phase I orthodontics:

  • Thumb-sucking
  • Trouble with chewing and breathing
  • Late or early loss of baby teeth
  • Teeth that are crowded, loose, or impacted
  • Upper and lower teeth that do not meet correctly
  • Improper jaw alignment
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Cross bites

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