It is true that Dr. Stosich, a Grayslake children’s orthodontist, can improve a smile at any age. However, it is important to understand that when it comes to children, there is an optimal time to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at that perfect time helps ensure the best outcome and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation is to have all children evaluated by an orthodontist at the first sign of an orthodontic problem, or by age 7.
Early evaluation provides two things: timely detection of problems and an increased opportunity for more effective treatment. Early intervention guides growth and development when necessary, which helps prevent serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention isn’t needed, Dr. Stosich can carefully monitor your child’s growth and development and begin treatment when the time is right.
By the time your child has reached age 7, their first permanent molars typically have erupted, which establishes them back bite. During this time, Grayslake orthodontist Dr. Stosich can assess those front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. Timely screening improves the chances for attaining that ideal smile
The primary goal of this first treatment phase is for us to correct serious skeletal (jaw) discrepancies and create an environment where all of your child’s permanent teeth are able to erupt properly. Growing children stand to gain true benefits from early treatment with appliances that are designed to direct upper and lower jaw growth. This way, the bite is improved and the facial profile can be favorably enhanced. After the early intervention phase, we typically follow up with what is referred to as a “detailing phase” once a majority or all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted.