Orthodontics for Children

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Orthodontic Treatment for Children

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. At this age, orthodontists will have a variety of ways to correct your child's malocclusion (bad or poor bite). At this age your child will have both primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth. We understand all children develop differently, so we recommend a consultation be obtained in order to determine if your child will require early orthodontic treatment.

Early orthodontic treatment allows the orthodontist to:

  • Provide space for the eruption of permanent teeth

    • This may prevent the need for extractions due to crowding​

  • Reduce or eliminate thumb/finger habits that may be detrimental to the mouth​

  • Correct the width of the upper and/or lower arches to improve the smile

  • Correct the growth pattern of the upper and/or lower jaw

  • Assist in determining if your child has any conditions affecting his or her airway

The conditions our orthodontist will look for are:

  • Crowding or primary (baby) or permanent teeth

  • Impacted or ectopic (misaligned) permanent teeth

  • Thumb or finger habits

  • Mouth breathing

  • Open bites (teeth not touching in the front of the mouth)

  • Crossbites (teeth that do not come together normally)

    • Can be in the front or back of the mouth​

We've provided some photos below of some of the conditions we look for.


If after the examination we determine your child needs orthodontic treatment, we may begin phase I (early orthodontic treatment) with an appliance and/or braces.

Read through the slider below to learn more about Phases of treatment (Phase I, Resting Phase, & Phase II).

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The objective of phasing orthodontic treatment is to maximize the opportunity to achieve optimal jaw positioning, facial esthetics, and healthy function. Each of the of active treatment phases may consists of tooth straightening and/or jaw growth modificiation. Not all patients require two-phase treatment, but it's important to see your child at 7 years old to maximize treatment potentials.


The goal of Phase-One is to help develop the upper and lower jaws in order to accomodate the upper and lower teeth. In addition, this treatment phase improves the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. As specialists, Orthodontists are able to diagnose conditions where the upper or lower jaws may be growing too much or too little. We are also able to recognize the condition where the upper jaw may be too narrow. Treatment in this phase may avoid the need to extract teeth later to eliminate crowding, and/or the need for surgical procedures to place the upper and lower jaws in optimal positions for facial harmony.


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Dental Protrusion - Orthodontics

Children with teeth in this position are more likely than other kids to experience some type of trauma to the front teeth.