Orthodontics for Children
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children are screened by an orthodontist by the age of 7. At Orthostyle Vancouver, we offer early intervention orthodontic treatment services for children, taking advantage of your child's developing facial structure, making it easier to guide adult teeth into their proper form and function over time.
Orthodontic treatment for children, also known as early intervention orthodontics, can begin as early as age 7. At this age, teeth are still developing and the jaw is still growing. That means certain orthodontic concerns may be easier to address.
Early orthodontic treatment is often less invasive then waiting until your child is in their tween/teen years. By addressing orthodontic concerns and allowing jaw development, the orthodontist can often eliminate the need for tooth extractions later in your child's development.
As well, some of the underlying causes of orthodontic problems that develop later in life, such as a dependency to breathe through the mouth instead of the nose, thumb-sucking, and dental decay, can be recognized and treated early to prevent problems from worsening.
Early orthodontic phase one treatment usually lasts up to 9 months, during which time retainers are worn until permanent adult teeth come in.
Treatment takes place while your child still has baby teeth present. After the permanent teeth have come in, we can determine if phase two treatment is needed.
Most children require a second phase of treatment, but phase two treatment is considerably shorter and less invasive if your child benefits from early phase one treatment.