The reasons for this examination are :
These semi-annual check-ups are always FREE so we can monitor closely the child's progress and plan ahead.
Smile Brite Orthodontics and the AAO do not advocate comprehensive or complete treatment at this age. If no evaluation is made at that age, then we would miss a window of troubleshooting opportunity.
No treatment needed. This is a very common option. An early check-up is great to make sure all things are in order. Most kids only need observation or recall appointments. This is the time to let Mother Nature take care of things. Check-ups every 6 months will be essential during this time.
In some cases, removal of a stubborn baby tooth can prevent future crowding issues. In other cases, a baby tooth must be removed to allow the permanent tooth to erupt at the correct position. On the contrary, if a baby tooth is lost prematurely, we can provide a space maintainer till a permanent tooth erupts there.
This involves use of short term braces, expanders, or habit breaking appliances if a child needs early treatment. Once the early orthodontic problem at hand is resolved, braces are removed. The child's teeth are monitored until all adult teeth erupt. Phase 1 braces are typically followed by normal teen/ adult braces. At that stage, typically 10-13 years, we can discuss comprehensive treatment. Phase 1 treatment may even shorten comprehensive treatment in some cases.
This graphic was provided by the AAO