Early Ortho­­don­­tics

Gilbert Orthodontics specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages

Early orthodontic treatment for children also known as phase one treatment, refers to orthodontic interventions that are performed on children at a younger age, typically between the ages of 7 and 11.

Why early treatment at
Gilbert Orthodontics?

As a parent, it’s not always easy to know if your child will need orthodontic treatment. While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontics treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first orthodontic visit at around the age of seven.

By this age, most children have a mix of both adult and baby teeth. This will allow the orthodontist to assess whether or not early intervention is needed to correct problems with the teeth and jaws, and potentially avoid surgery down the road.

Reasons why early orthodontic treatment may be recommended for kids

During the early years, a child’s jaw is still growing and developing. Early orthodontic treatment can help guide the growth of the jaw, ensuring that it develops properly and aligns correctly with the upper and lower teeth. This can prevent or address issues such as underbites, crossbites, and overbites.

Some children may experience early loss of baby teeth or have crowded primary (baby) teeth.

Early orthodontic treatment can create or preserve space for the permanent teeth to erupt properly, reducing the likelihood of future crowding and the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment later on.

Certain oral habits, such as thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting, or prolonged pacifier use, can impact the alignment and development of the teeth and jaws.

Early orthodontic treatment can help address these habits and guide proper oral development.

Orthodontic issues can sometimes affect speech development and overall airway function.

Early intervention can address these concerns, helping children achieve proper speech patterns and maintain clear airways for optimal breathing.

Correcting orthodontic problems at an early age can have a positive impact on a child’s self-esteem and social interactions.

Straighter teeth and a more balanced smile can boost confidence and contribute to improved overall psychological well-being.

Schedule a courtesy consultation today with Dr. Gilbert

It’s important to note that not all children will require early orthodontic treatment.

Each child’s orthodontic needs are unique, and the decision to pursue early treatment should be made in consultation with Dr. Josh Gilbert and his team. Dr. Josh will evaluate your child’s oral health, growth patterns, and specific concerns to determine if early orthodontic intervention is necessary and beneficial, as well as provide recommendations for treatment.

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You can easily schedule a courtesy consultation with Dr. Josh Gilbert today. Simply reach out to our office and our friendly staff will assist you in setting up your appointment. Take the first step towards achieving your orthodontic goals by booking your initial consultation and evaluation.
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