Early Treatment / Phase I
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
Two-phase, also known as early or interceptive, treatment is the initiation of orthodontic treatment prior to the eruption of all permanent teeth. This may involve appliances such as an expander, braces, or retainers designed to correct an overbite or cross bite, create room for incoming teeth, or correct other alignment issues.
Most children won’t need two-phase treatment, but when suggested by an orthodontist, interceptive treatment is effective and the results are fantastic.