The goal of early or Phase 1 treatment is to manage the development of the jaws to make room for permanent teeth and improve how the upper and lower jaws fit together. While many issues can be addressed when the child is older, there are a few cases where it is advantageous to fix these problems early. This can maximize long term results and/or reduce overall cost of treatment. An upper jaw that is too narrow or a lower jaw that is not growing enough are examples of issues that might need to be treated early and can prevent more extensive treatment later.
Dr. Maleki recommends an initial exam around the age of seven (See our AAO brochure). This complimentary exam will give you the information you need to know that your child's bite and teeth are developing correctly.
Some of the results of early treatment may be:
- Room for unerupted adult teeth
- Improved jaw growth to improve facial symmetry
- Reduced risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Maintenance existing space for the later eruption of teeth
- Reduced need for teeth removal