Early Orthodontic Treatment in Rockland County, also known as interceptive orthodontic treatment, is crucial for many children as a preventative measure. Without intervention at an early age, many children will develop teeth and jaw issues, which can be challenging to treat as they get older. These same issues, if caught early, can be treated with much less time, pain, and expense.
How is Early Orthodontic Treatment Done?
Interceptive orthodontic treatment in Rockland County is done in phases:
Phase 1: Create Space for Teeth Development
Phase One begins between the ages of six and eight. When children reach this age, then facial and jaw growth can be influenced by orthodontics. In this phase, space is created for the jaw to accommodate all permanent teeth and improve the bite.
Palatal expanders and space maintainers are usually employed during this phase.
During the resting phase, we wait for the permanent teeth to emerge. Depending on the severity of your child’s case, we may recommend the use of retainers. Generally, though, we wait for your child’s teeth to erupt from the gums.
Phase 2: Straighten the Teeth
In Phase Two, after all permanent teeth have erupted, we straighten your child’s teeth using braces or aligners. Once this phase is complete, retainers are often worn to maintain the new position of each tooth.
Your child needs early orthodontic treatment in Rockland County if they demonstrate the following signs:
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Early or late loss of baby teeth – before the age of five or after the age of thirteen
- Mouth breathing
- Speech impediment
- Sucking a thumb or finger after the age of five
- Protruding teeth – front or bottom
- Shifting of the jaw
- Teeth do not come together in a normal manner when biting
If you observe any one of these signs in your child, please get in touch with us to set up a consult. Treating these conditions as early as possible can prevent costly treatments, like jaw surgery, later in life.
With modern technology, early orthodontic treatment in Rockland County can help correct orthodontic problems and support jaw growth when your child is young. If you have questions, we invite you to learn more about our pediatric dentistry and orthodontics team. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to treating all children, including those with special needs or who require sedation dentistry.Search More