Two Phase Treatment
Not every child needs 2 phases of orthodontic treatment, but it is important to get an evaluation at the age of 7 by an orthodontist. Here is why:
Early Treatment or Phase 1 treatment
Done in the mixed dentition (baby and permanent teeth in the mouth) usually between the ages of 7-10. Early treatment can give the orthodontist the chance to:
Phase 2 or Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment
Done once all permanent teeth have erupted in the mouth usually around the ages of 11-12. The goal of this phase of treatment is to idealize the alignment and leveling of the permanent teeth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and opposing teeth. This results in optimal smile esthetics and function of the bite.