Phase 1 & Interceptive Orthodontics:
Problems to Watch for in Young Children
We (and the American Association of Orthodontists) recommend that children be seen for an orthodontic evaluation starting at age 7. This allows us to evaluate the jaw structures to diagnose any irregularities in the shape of the jaws, or the growth direction. We recommend early treatment (Phase I) if the child has an underbite, deep impinging bite, large overjet, crossbite, or insufficient space for the adult teeth to erupt. Early treatment allows us to guide growth to achieve facial symmetry, make room for adult teeth, and eliminate unhealthy habits, such as thumb sucking. Even if your child doesn’t need Phase I treatment, an early evaluation would help us determine your child’s future orthodontic needs.