Early Orthodontic Treatment
This early, interceptive correction may prevent later removal of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding and/or surgical procedures to align the upper and lower jaws. Leaving such condition untreated until all permanent teeth erupt could result in a severe jaw discrepancy to achieve an ideal result with braces.
Why Early Orthodontics
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. This may seem early for a visit. At this age, the front teeth have begun to erupt and problems can be detected.
Conditions Requiring Early Treatment
… Underbites – when the lower front teeth are ahead of the upper front teeth
… Crossbites – when the jaw shifts to one side
… Very crowded teeth
… Excessively spaced teeth
… Extra or missing teeth
… Teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
… Thumb-, finger-, or pacifier- sucking that is affecting the teeth or jaw growth
Regardless of how treatment goals are reached, the bottom line is that some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult.
Types of early treatment
We offer a variety of specialized orthodontic services to help patients achieve their best smile, including Herbst appliances, D-Gainers, Nitanium Expanders, and Schwartz Appliances. Our expert team will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals
The Herbst Appliance is an orthodontic device that corrects an overbite by encouraging the lower jaw to catch up in growth.
DGainer, also known as a limited fixed appliance is a combination of Damon orthodontic brackets placed on permanent front teeth and the first permanent molars.
The Nitanium Expander helps correct molar rotations while expanding the arch at the same time.
The Schwartz Appliance is a removable tool that also helps correct narrow arches.
Carriere® Motion Appliance
The SAGITTAL FIRST™ Philosophy is a ground-breaking approach that standardizes, simplifies, and shortens Class II and Class III treatment. It employs the Carriere® MOTION 3D™ Appliance to treat the AP dimension at the beginning of treatment before placing brackets or aligners.
A new treatment that can improve children’s smiles as they grow.
Invisalign First treatment is designed for little smiles.
As a child grows, their smile grows with them. And even with baby teeth, it may be the perfect time for children ages 6 to 10 to start orthodontic treatment. This is known as Phase 1 treatment.