Every child develops differently, so there is no set specific age that a child can begin orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their first orthodontic exam by age 7.
Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Early orthodontic treatment is best separated into two phases, designed to work alongside the natural development of the teeth and jaw bones.
What is Phase 1 treatment?
Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is typically completed between the ages of 7 and 10 and is aimed to prepare the mouth for permanent teeth to emerge in a healthy alignment with a sufficient amount of space.
During this phase, your child may be treated with a palatal expander appliance to widen the upper jaw and create enough room for permanent teeth to grow.
What is Phase 2 treatment?
This phase generally begins in the early teen years, when all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Phase 2 treatment focuses on aligning the teeth and jaws to create a harmonious facial appearance. During this phase, a full treatment of braces or Invisalign is often completed.
Every child develops at a different rate, and your child’s treatment plan will be 100% personalized to his or her needs. At your first visit, we’ll help you make the right choice for your little one!
What is the average cost of braces for children?
The average cost of braces and orthodontic care can vary greatly, depending on your child’s individual needs. At Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics, our expert treatment can be customized to your family’s budget. We offer a variety of flexible payment options, including an interest-free, no money down in-house financing plan. We additionally accept CareCredit, LendingClub, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Discover – as well as checks and cash.