Early Orthodontic Treatment in Naperville, Aurora, and Plainfield, IL

Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children get an orthodontic check-up by age 7? Early orthodontic treatment helps prevent more severe problems later and gives your orthodontist control over where the permanent teeth come in by addressing the structure of the jaw and teeth while baby teeth are still in the mouth.

At Pasha Orthodontics, we’re passionate about helping kids achieve healthy, confident smiles that last a lifetime and we’ve been proudly serving our Naperville, Aurora, and Plainfield communities for over 20 years! Schedule an appointment for your child today.

What Is Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment, also known as phase 1 orthodontics or interceptive orthodontic treatment, is provided to children at a younger age, typically between the ages of 7 and 11, before all of their permanent teeth have erupted. The goal of early orthodontic treatment is to address and correct certain orthodontic issues and dental problems in their early stages, with the aim of preventing more serious problems from developing as the child’s mouth and jaw continue to grow.

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What Are the Benefits of Phase 1 Orthodontics?

Many orthodontic problems are easier to treat if they are addressed early. Phase 1 orthodontic treatment can help prevent more complex and costly orthodontic issues later in life. It may also improve your child’s oral health, boost their self-esteem by enhancing their smile, and ultimately lead to a healthier and more confident future for your child. Early treatment helps provide enough space for the permanent teeth to erupt properly, potentially avoiding more serious and expensive problems down the road. Early intervention can also make orthodontic treatment shorter and more comfortable, as it takes advantage of a child’s growing jaw and teeth, making adjustments easier to achieve.

Is My Child a Candidate for Early Orthodontic Treatment?

It’s important to consult an orthodontist for a thorough evaluation to determine if early orthodontic treatment is appropriate for your child. Our orthodontic team will assess your child’s dental and jaw development, take X-rays and other diagnostic records, and discuss any concerns you may have. If your child exhibits any of the following characteristics or behaviors, they may need an orthodontic assessment:

  • Early loss of baby teeth (before age five)
  • Misaligned bite
  • Mouth breathing and/or snoring
  • Crowded or protruding front teeth
  • Biting or chewing difficulties
  • A speech impediment

Our orthodontist will provide a personalized treatment plan and explain the potential benefits and outcomes of Phase 1 orthodontic treatment. Not all children need orthodontic treatment, but identifying issues early can ensure more efficient treatment later.

Secure Your Child’s Smile With Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment in Naperville, Aurora, and Plainfield, IL

If you think your child may be a candidate for early orthodontic treatment, it may be time to have them assessed by one of our orthodontists. By addressing orthodontic problems early, your child can avoid lengthier and more costly treatment later in life. Our goal is to make our patients and their families feel welcome and comfortable. We look forward to discussing treatment options with you and answering any questions you may have.

We have offices in Naperville, Aurora, and Plainfield to serve you. Schedule a free consultation for your child today!