Early Treatment

At what age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

Dr. Carr supports the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists which encourages children to have their first orthodontic examination at age 7.

Observation Program

At the initial exam appointment, Dr. Carr will determine if early treatment is indicated.  If further dental development is required, Dr. Carr will recommend an observation program.  Patients on our observation program generally are seen at four to six month intervals.  This observation period will allow Dr. Carr to begin treatment at the most advantageous time based on your child’s dental development.

Phase I Treatment

Phase I treatment is indicated for those young patients developing:

  • Severe orthodontic problems such as overbite and overjet (flared incisors)
  • Developing an unbalanced jaw growth pattern
  • Require management of severe crowding
  • Require elimination of damaging oral habits
  • Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth.