Early Phase Orthodontics
The CPDA Orthodontists and Pediatric Dentists assess each patient’s orthodontic status at every periodic dental evaluation appointment. Thorough documentation may include digital photography at varying stages of growth and development as well as written notes. These recorded observations provide us a unique perspective to appropriately time the most advantageous intervention.
Generally we prefer to provide orthodontic treatment in a single condensed continuous time period. Most often treatment can begin once most of the permanent have arrived in the mouth, typically beginning between ages ten to thirteen. Treatment time is usually in the range of 12 -30 months.
However, there are instances when earlier intervention is best. The problems which may best be addressed early include narrow upper jaw width, cross-bite (upper teeth aligned inside or behind lower teeth), severe malocclusion and severe crowding, mouth breathing, and sucking habits. Early treatment sometimes can eliminate the need for later full treatment. In other cases it can result in less complicated or quicker second phase of orthodontics.
At CPDA we are proud of our reputation for experience and judgment of dental growth and development and our history of personalized exceptional care. To learn more about Early Phase Orthodontics or to make an appointment, please contact our Cambridge pediatric dental office.