Orthodontics for Kids
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child is screened by an orthodontist by the age of 7. Early intervention treatment takes advantage of your child's developing facial structure, making it easier to guide adult teeth into their proper form and function over time.
Early Intervention - Orthodontics for Kids
Orthodontic treatment for children, also known as early intervention orthodontics, can begin as early as age 7. At this age, teeth are still developing and the jaw is still growing. That means certain orthodontic concerns may be easier to address.
Early orthodontic treatment is often less invasive then waiting until your child is in their tween/teen years.
When your child is young, they are still growing and developing, so their skeletal structure is still malleable making it possible to modify their jaw development, which may help avoid the need for surgery later in your child's development.
By addressing mouth crowding and allowing the jaws to develop, Dr. Mostafa can often eliminate the need for tooth extractions later in your child's development.
As well, some of the underlying causes of orthodontic problems that develop later in life, such as a dependency to breathe through the mouth instead of the nose, thumb-sucking, and dental decay, can be recognized and treated early to prevent problems from worsening.
Phase I treatment usually lasts up to 9 months, during which time retainers are worn until the permanent adult teeth come in.
Treatment takes place while your child still has baby teeth present. After the permanent teeth have come in, we can determine if Phase II treatment is needed.
Most children require a second phase of treatment, but Phase II treatment is considerably shorter and less invasive if your child benefits from early Phase I treatment.