At Prewitt & Prewitt Orthodontics, we approach orthodontics for children with a Two Phase Treatment Dr. Prewitt specializes in Early Childhood Treatment.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends visiting the orthodontist no later than the age of seven. At this age, most children have both primary and adult teeth, making it possible for Dr. Prewitt to properly diagnose your child. He will be able to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems with out invasive treatment.
Bring your child in for a free consultation! (18 and under)
The goal of Phase One treatment is to help the jaw develop to to make room for the future eruption of permanent teeth and to improve the relationship of the upper and lower jaws. A child with an upper or lower jaw that is growing too much, or not enough can be recognized at an early age, and can benefit from early orthodontic treatment. This early correction can often prevent dental trauma, removal of permanent teeth or, in some cases, jaw surgery.
After Phase One treatment has been completed, we will monitor your child until all of their permanent teeth have erupted (generally by the ages of 12 or 13), and recommend Phase Two treatment.
The goal of Phase Two is to position the teeth to improve their function and appearance. Due to the improvements on Phase I, Phase II requires less patient participation, and often eliminates extraction of permanent teeth and reduces the time spent in full braces. This is important for patients as they enter their teenage years!