The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that age seven is a good time for the first visit to an orthodontist, or earlier if a problem is noticed by either the parents, or the family dentist. While a referral from the family dentist is wonderful, it is not necessary to have a dental referral in order to schedule an appointment with our office.
If no treatment is necessary at an early age, Dr. Held will monitor young children through their growth stages to make sure that dental and facial development remain on track. This monitoring is complimentary and serves to keep parents and guardians in the loop regarding the status of their children’s dental and facial development.
When treatment is needed at a young age, Dr. Held will recommend the highly beneficial Two-Phase Treatment
. During the first phase or “early treatment,” Dr. Held can guide the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, treating children during their early growth stages allows Dr. Held to achieve results that not only may not be possible once facial bones have fully developed, but also can significantly simplify later, second phase treatment.
Many parents mistakenly believe that Two-Phase Treatment is just having braces twice. That belief, however, is false. Please see our Two-Phase Treatment webpage for more details on the differences between the two phases.