Just a few years ago, the standard of care for orthodontics was to wait until early adolescence to treat issues related to crooked teeth and poor jaw alignment. Things have changed and Dr. Ramsey collaborates with reputed orthodontists in order to understand and address potential problems just as children are getting their permanent teeth. This approach, referred to as interceptive orthodontics, can reduce or even eliminate the time your child spends in full braces later. Postponing orthodontic treatment can also result in tooth extractions and more invasive procedures.
Dr. Ramsey recommends that the first orthodontic exam occurs when your child is 6 or 7 years old. By then, your child has enough permanent teeth to create a full picture for her and the orthodontist. They will be able to identify potential issues and provide answers.
Interceptive orthodontics, also referred to as phase I orthodontics, begins when a child is somewhere between 7 and 11 years of age. It can correct issues that occur from bad bites and jaw issues that could later result in malalignment of the teeth.
Space Maintainers and Expanders
If Dr. Ramsey determines crowding is going to be a problem in years to come, she will recommend the use of appliances to expand the jaw to create enough space prior to the emergence of all the permanent teeth.
Similarly, if Dr. Ramsey expects your child's jaw is not growing properly, she will use appliances to correct the problem. Such appliance therapy is much easier to do with younger children who are still growing.
If your child is 6 or older, schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Ramsey today!