Early Orthodontic

Guiding growth and development for healthy kids

Early Orthodontic

Guiding growth and development for healthy kids

Is it time for your child to see an orthodontist?

One out of three kids needs and will benefit from early orthodontic treatment. The AAO (American Academy of Orthodontics) recommends children see an orthodontist by age 7, and for good reason! We will be able to monitor the child’s bite and prevent crooked and overcrowded teeth before it begins.

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Hear from our Doctors about Early Orthodontic Treatment


Q: What if my child still has baby teeth?

A: If your child isn’t quite ready for orthodontic treatment, we will continue to periodically evaluate growth and development every 6-12 months. This means your child gets to join our Kids Club!

Q: What is KidsClub?

A: As part of the St. Clair and Massey Orthodontics Kids Club, you are one of the newest members of the SCMO Family. We provide a fun and friendly atmosphere at every appointment to make you feel right at home. As a parent of a Kids Club member, you will have the peace of mind that our doctors are monitoring your child’s growth and dental development closely so that orthodontic treatment is started proactively and at the right time.

Q: What is Phase I Treatment?

A: Phase I Treatment, also known as orthopedic treatment, improves the skeletal structure of the face and jaw. This phase of treatment is often most helpful between ages 7-10 but can be started as early as age 5. This treatment should be overseen by a highly trained and skilled Orthodontic Specialist as it includes monitoring and enhancing favorable facial growth.

Q: What are the benefits of Phase I?

• Orthopedic treatment creates space to prevent tooth impaction, so surgery can be avoided in the future.

• Orthopedic treatment can help promote delayed jaw growth or limit abnormal and asymmetric jaw growth ensuring a more healthy bite and aesthetically pleasing face later in life.

• Orthopedic treatment can help expand the upper arch, which widens the nasal floor and promotes better breathing, thus decreasing airway issues and reducing the risk for sleep apnea later in life.

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