When do we start? Understanding Two Phases of Treatment

When do we start? Understanding Two Phases of Treatment

Two questions parents often ask are - at what age should I schedule my child’s first orthodontic consultation and why do I see so many of my child’s friends already wearing braces? Read on to discover the answers to these two popular questions and learn more about early treatment.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist for an preliminary exam at age 7. In some cases, it's beneficial to start with early intervention, addressing specific issues at this time. This helps guide the growth and development of the jaw and facial structures. A second phase of treatment may be required at a later age when all the permanent teeth are erupted. The goal is to treat at specific times to reduce the need for more complicated treatments, including extractions or surgeries to uncover impacted teeth. The good news is for many kids two phase treatment may not be required. Dr. Rogers, Dr. Hamby and their team take a conservative approach and understand that every smile is unique, and not all little teeth need an early tune-up. Instead, we opt for a wait-and-watch approach, intervening only when necessary. It's all about giving your child the right treatment at the right time.

The key takeaway here is that every child's orthodontic journey is different, and there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Dr. Rogers, Dr. Hamby and their team at Orthodontic Associations of Greenville (OAG) understand the importance of personalized care and take pride in offering conservative approaches that prioritize your child's long-term dental health.

So, if you're feeling a bit left out because your friend's child has braces and yours doesn't, don't fret. Embrace the uniqueness of your child's smile, and trust that we have their best interests at heart. When the time is right, we will guide your little one toward a radiant, confident smile – no rush, just the right touch of care. And by the way, a common misconception is that you need a referral from your dentist to bring your child in for an evaluation and that is simply not the case. We will gladly schedule your complimentary consultation at any time and no referral is necessary. We feel everyone benefits from an initial visit at age 7, if for no other reason than “peace of mind” regarding your child's smile.

Here's to happy smiles, unique journeys, and the expert hands of OAG!

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