It can be difficult to watch your child suffer from dental problems. But luckily, there is hope in the form of phase I orthodontics. This type of treatment can help to correct many of the issues that your child may be facing, and it can do so without requiring any major surgery.
In some cases, children as young as seven years old can benefit from early phase I orthodontics in Houston. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all kids have an exam with a dentist by their seventh birthday because that is when the adult teeth start coming up and developing issues related to the jaw growing correctly; it's also important for them to get treated before any permanent damage gets done.
Early treatment for many kinds of problems is available. Dr. Longwith uses the best possible method to help you get back on your feet, which may include an expander in some cases or special retainers and then other types entirely, depending upon what's needed.
Usually this is for monitoring the patient as they grow and teeth come in, but occasionally we'll catch something with a growth, missing or extra teeth, impacted teeth, or a thumb or tongue habit that we'd prefer to catch and treat early. Treatments may include extractions, face mask (a type of headgear), expanders, habit appliances, etc. Dr. Longwith will give you every detail about why one of these treatments might be needed along with their potential benefits to determine what options fit best based off your child's individual needs.
Phase I treatment is a necessary step in the process of dental and skeletal development. It allows children with significant early-onset orthodontics problems to proceed without further complications, while still having access for later stages if needed by their unique situation or needs. Necessary? Yes! But not comprehensive enough on its own, though. Most cases will require full orthodontic care once all permanent teeth have come through properly.
At Tanglewood Orthodontics, Dr. Longwith offers a consultation for phase I orthodontics. This is the best way to get all of your questions answered and to find out what phase I orthodontics in Houston can do for your child.
Schedule an Appointment With Tanglewood Orthodontics today to get started.