The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that kiddos visit an orthodontist by the age of seven. At this point, the first permanent molars and incisors are usually in and we can evaluate emerging problems like crossbites, underbites, crowding and spacing and catch red flags before they become more serious.
A Conservative Approach
In most cases, children won’t need braces right away and we’ll simply monitor their development until the time is right. Richard Chan Orthodontics takes a conservative approach with minimal treatment on young patients. We can usually achieve amazing results without lengthy two-phase orthodontic treatment. We’ll observe your child, let them get comfortable with going to the orthodontist and advise you on how to correct things like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, abnormal swallowing and speech problems.
Getting a Head Start
While we try to avoid starting orthodontic treatment when patients are really young, in some cases, beginning early is actually hugely beneficial and can make treatment easier and less expensive down the road. It can also help patients avoid surgery or extractions. As a specialist in dentofacial orthopedics, Dr. Chan can guide facial growth and development with appliances, help the permanent teeth come in properly and ensure they have enough space and regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches.