As a parent, you want to give your child the best possible chance to succeed at just about everything. At Cordes Orthodontics, we’re more than ready to help by providing early-age orthodontic care that can correct alignment issues with the baby teeth as well as prevent ones from developing in the permanent teeth. Dr. Cordes typically recommends that a child should receive a free, full orthodontic evaluation around age 7. That doesn’t necessarily mean your child will start orthodontic treatment at age 7. But it allows Dr. Cordes to identify a problem and follow it for the right time to start treatment. In fact, most of our pediatric patients start treatment around the ages of 11-12. By acting early, he can help your child achieve their best smile as soon as possible.
Phase I Orthodontics is used to accomplish 3 specific goals: correct alignment issues in the baby teeth, make sure the adult teeth have a clear path to come in straight, and stop any habits that might inhibit proper oral development (like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting).
When you bring your child to see Dr. Cordes, he’ll give them a brief exam. If he sees orthodontic problems and/or the signs that others will develop as they grow, he’ll recommend Phase I Orthodontics. This approach typically takes about a year, and it should set the stage for your child’s adult teeth to erupt correctly.
At the end of Phase I, your child’s mouth will be given some time to rest and adjust, and then, once most of the baby teeth have fallen out, Dr. Cordes will give them another exam. Once more of their permanent teeth have come in, if there are any misalignments, he will recommend they get braces. Thanks to the work done during Phase I, a child will likely have to spend much less time in braces. Plus, many issues may have been already corrected or avoided altogether, helping a child achieve their ideal smile as quickly and easily as possible.