In general children should be evaluated by age seven. At this age, the vast majority of problems can be addressed when necessary. Many of the problems presenting themselves at this age are orthopedic. What this means is that the upper and/or lower jaws are not growing properly. These abnormalities should be corrected early in childhood.
Phase I orthopedics can be compared to a child who is born with a foot turned inward significantly. You would NOT wait until twelve or thirteen years of age to attempt correction. Likewise, certain jaw growth problems can best be treated before the typical orthodontic adolescent age.
Our 3-D scan machine can also uncover other significant problems such as:
- Reduced or small airway that can cause enlarged tonsils and adenoids, narrow upper arch, narrow lower arch, posterior tongue placement, lack of forward lower jaw growth and deviated septums
- Boney facial asymmetrics which may be masked by facial soft tissue
- Early degenerative changes in the jaw joints
This first half of orthodontic treatment is about 75-80% orthopedic and 20-25% orthodontics (tooth straightening).
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