At Backus Braces we believe that early interception is key to providing our patients with successful orthodontic treatment. We offer our patients complimentary first exam so that our orthodontist, Dr. Dominique Backus, can accurately diagnose and prescribe treatment for any potential problems. If after your child’s first visit with us it is determined that they require braces, we will design a customized treatment plan for them.
The treatment objective of early orthodontic treatment is to intercept and correct problems at an early age that may result in a dental or skeletal discrepancy too severe to achieve an ideal result with braces alone, once all of the permanent teeth have erupted or growth is complete. Early treatment benefits are well known nationwide and have been endorsed by the American Association of Orthodontists for a number of years.
By age 12, 90% of a child’s face has fully grown. It is not consistent with a preventive philosophy to wait until 90% of a deformity is complete before instituting treatment. In many cases, early treatment can intercept a deformity and prevent it from getting worse. Most problems can be classified into one of three groups: skeletal, dental, or damaging habits.
Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. Skeletal problems arise from an upper or lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough, or is too narrow or crooked, directly affecting the relationship of teeth and jaws. Dental problems arise mostly due to insufficient jaw length (crowding) or width. Damaging habits arise from thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and abnormal swallowing patterns and can also be quite detrimental to both the teeth and jaws.
Since children are growing rapidly and tend to be better cooperators at an early age, they can benefit tremendously from early orthodontic treatment. Early correction from these three groups may prevent later removal of permanent teeth, surgical procedures to align the upper and lower jaw, injury to protruded teeth, decrease the time needed for a second phase of treatment and eliminate damaging habits. Depending on the severity of these problems, children around the age of 7 or the first recognition of an orthodontic problem may be candidates for an early phase of orthodontic treatment.
During the resting period, the remaining permanent teeth are allowed to erupt. Retainers are usually worn until most, if not all, permanent teeth have erupted. The retainer is adjusted as needed to allow for further tooth eruption. Successful early orthodontic treatment creates an environment that permits the remaining teeth to assume a normal position.
Because the majority of permanent teeth have not erupted prior to the end of an initial phase of treatment, a second phase of treatment is usually required to align the teeth in their final positions. Selective removal of baby teeth may also be required during this phase to enhance the eruption of the remaining permanent teeth. Therefore, your child will be monitored approximately every 4-6 months during the resting phase.