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Early Orthodontics

Phase 1

Functional appliances for ages 5 to 12. Early treatment should be initiated for:

  • Narrow arches and narrow smiles
  • Crooked teeth
  • Deep overbite
  • Underdeveloped lower jaw
  • Underdeveloped upper jaw
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Thumb-sucking or tongue thrusting habits

Sometimes braces are placed on front teeth for a short period of time.

Phase 2

Braces for ages 12 to 14. Teeth are straightened with braces for 1 to 2 years.

To Eliminate Crowding
Crowded teeth are caused by narrow arches. By developing the arches at an early age, we may prevent or eliminate the crowding of permanent teeth.

Another advantage is that early treatment often eliminates the need to remove any adult teeth.

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To Correct Underdeveloped Jaws
Almost 50% of children who need orthodontic treatment due to bad bite have underdeveloped lower jaws. Functional appliances can reposition the lower jaw forward, improve the child's profile and correct the bite problem with no extractions and no surgery, in the majority of cases.

Functional Appliances
Provide children with improved appearance and speech.

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