Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early Phase I 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. If Phase I is necessary it is usually initiated when children are between the ages of 7 and 10. Treatment lasts about 12-21 months. The primary objective for early treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe.
It is best to assume that your child will need full braces once all the permanent teeth erupt even after Phase One treatment. Growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.
Dr. James D. Garol
Orthodontics for Children and Adults
6536 South McCarran Boulevard, Suite A
Reno, NV 89509