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 is an example of an issue that might need to be treated early and can prevent more extensive treatment later. Dr. Higgins recommends an initial exam around the age of 7. This complimentary exam will give you the information you need to know as to whether your child’s bite and teeth are developing correctly.
Some results of early treatment might include:
- Room for un-erupted adult teeth
- Reduced risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Maintain existing space for the later eruption of teeth
- Reduced need for removal of permanent teeth