At Wow Smiles, we are often asked when a child should first see an orthodontist. When we say seven, many parents are shocked! The truth is, dental problems related to jaw growth get worse, not better, over time. Children are growing rapidly at this age and permanent teeth are starting to replace baby teeth so young children benefit enormously from interceptive treatment. While all seven year olds will NOT need braces, there are some circumstances where appliances can be beneficial to balance the relationship between the upper and lower jaws and make room for erupting teeth (to avoid those pesky extractions later!)

Early arch development and growth guidance are recommended in cases of:

  • Protruding incisors
  • Deep bites
  • Severe crowding
  • Open bites
  • Bite problems
  • Underbites
  • Jaw disharmony
  • Crossbites

By being a part of our Super WOW Kids Club, we’ll be able to track your child’s jaw growth over time to determine the most opportune time to begin treatment, if necessary.

The Benefits:

  • Less need to pull teeth
  • Less time in full braces
  • Improved self-image
  • Less need for jaw surgery
  • Broader, fuller smile
  • Improved function
  • Improved nasal airway

When younger children are in need of early interceptive treatment, we separate orthodontic treatment into two phases, with each stage beginning at the appropriate time.

The Phases:

Phase 1 – Ages 7-10 years

  • Active treatment for 12-18 months

Resting Period – Ages 10-12 years

  • Retainers for 12-24 months

Phase 2 – Ages 12-14 years

  • Active treatment for 12-18 months