Braces for Kids /Children /Adolescents /TeensCurrently, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a screening exam around the age of 7.
Once again, every case is different. What one child requires is not necessarily what they all require. Sometimes, the recommendation involves a Phase I and a Phase II of intervention and other times, treatment is deferred for a later comprehensive treatment.
How do I know if my child needs Phase I and Phase II or just a comprehensive set of braces?
Dental age does not always follow chronologic age. Some problems are best treated early and this will dictate whether or not your child needs the two phase approach or the comprehensive approach. While the two phase approach may seem longer, it is often the easiest and least invasive treatment as it allows us to develop the jaws during growth and intercept some growth and crowding issues. If we can minimize the risk of future extractions or jaw surgery, this is often the recommendation for treatment. The screening exam is an information gathering session to determine the timing of treatment for your child.