• Early Orthodontic Treatment

  • Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if treated early rather than waiting until most of the growth of the jaws has been completed. The phrase “Phase-One Treatment” refers to treating children while they still have their primary (baby) teeth.

    How do I know if my child requires early orthodontic (Phase-One) treatment?


    If your child exhibits any of the following, he/she may require Phase-One treatment:

    • Early or late loss of primary (baby) teeth
    • Finger/thumb sucking
    • Crowded or abnormally positioned teeth
    • Clenching during sleep
    • Lower front teeth contacting the palate
    • Openbite (upper front teeth that do not overlap the lower front teeth)
    • Jaws and teeth that seem out of proportion to the rest of the face

    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age seven.