Early Orthodontic Treatment

We approach early treatment with the utmost care and believe it is only necessary in certain cases.

Early Orthodontic Treatment For Kids

Early treatment for kids ages 7 – 10 can range from simply wearing some special retainers for minor issues to having partial braces on upper and lower teeth. The purpose is to address some very specific conditions with growth and development. Dr. Bates has a conservative approach to early treatment since it is only appropriate for particular issues.

We enjoy working with patients of all ages and will make appropriate recommendations for each stage of development if it is required.

Bates Orthodontics Staff with Patients
Finished Phase One Treatment

When should a child see an Orthodontist?

The purpose of early treatment is to address some very specific conditions with growth and development. Dr. Bates has a conservative approach to early treatment since it is only appropriate for these particular issues.

Crossbite

A narrow upper jaw resulting in a crossbite in the back of the mouth.

Overbite or Underbite

A big overbite (called “overjet” in the dental field) or underbite.

Trauma

Teeth hitting in a way that will damage them (sometimes called “traumatic occlusion”)

These conditions become apparent around age 7 which is when the American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial evaluation. Other than these conditions, there are only a few rare things that may require early treatment.

Finished Phase One Treatment

The Steps

First Step: Come in for a Free Consult

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children first seeing an orthodontist at age 7. In the first meeting, Dr. Bates will examine your child to see if phase one, or early treatment, is necessary.

Option One: Wait

In most cases, children do not need early treatment. If no treatment is needed, we will set a time for you and your child to come back to monitor growth, generally every six months.

Option Two: Early Treatment

If your child does need early treatment, we will start with a scan of their mouth to completely customize their treatment plan. While every case is unique, Dr. Bates takes particular care to ensure the issue causing early treatment is eliminated.

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