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Early Treatment

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age 7.

Hass Family Orthodontics can determine if orthodontic treatment is required and the best age for the patient to begin treatment, if necessary.

Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favorable position, retain space for permanent teeth, and reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth. With early treatment our orthodontists can guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment, after permanent teeth come in.

Regulate the width of the upper and lower archesAlign the upper and lower jawsAvoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in lifeCorrect and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straightIncrease space for permanent teethCorrect thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems

The Orthodontic Growth and Guidance Program

Our orthodontists develop a treatment plan based on each child’s needs. If our orthodontists decide the patient is not ready for treatment, he or she is placed in our Orthodontic Growth and Guidance Program. The no-fee Orthodontic Growth and Guidance Program is for patients who are not yet ready to start treatment, but are being observed in our office every 6 to 12 months. We observe their progress as they grow, making sure baby teeth are being lost correctly and permanent teeth are erupting in correct position. In some cases, early removal of baby teeth can eliminate poor permanent teeth patterns and reduce the treatment time required for braces. We will notify your general dentist of recommendations made during your Growth and Guidance visits. The program helps us build a relationship with your child and determine the optimum time to begin treatment to achieve the best possible result.


Does early treatment prevent the need for braces when permanent teeth come in?

Typically, no. Early treatment can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent more severe problems from developing and simplify future treatment. Because all of the permanent teeth have not yet come in when early treatment is performed, the final alignment of teeth is not yet complete. Typically, a shorter phase of treatment in the teen years, after all permanent teeth have come in, completes the correction. In some circumstances, braces after early treatment may not be indicated.

Frequently Asked Questions about Adult Treatment
Will my child need an expander?

At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether a patient will need an expander.

Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?

It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the "resting period," during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

What is Phase One (early) Treatment?

Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment lasts about 12-21 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

Can I still play sports?

Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

Do you give shots?

No. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.

Do braces hurt?

Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, "It does not have to hurt to work!"

Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.

Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled 5 to 12 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

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