Childhood orthodontia happens in two phases. Phase one happens between ages six and ten, and is all about preventing problems before they happen.
It’s a pretty common myth that baby teeth don’t matter very much. After all, they’re just temporary anyway. Worrying about dental work—especially orthodontia—doesn’t seem all that important.
There are three huge reasons why this is a problem:
- Baby teeth may eventually be replaced by an adult set, but this doesn’t happen for years. Most children don’t lose their last baby teeth until they’re as old as twelve. That’s a long time to have to live with broken, decaying, or painful teeth.
- The health of the adult teeth are directly affected by the positioning and health of the baby teeth before them.
- The transition between baby teeth and adult teeth is a time of flexibility. Everything is still growing and settling. What better time to make needed adjustments?
All of this is why Hi 5 takes young orthodontic patients. If we can spot potential problems before they become serious, we can prevent poor alignments before they set, which dramatically reduces the work necessary in Phase II.
This second phase is the one you’re probably more familiar with. When you think about teens wearing braces, you’re thinking of phase II orthodontia. The teen years are still a time with a lot of jaw growth, development, and change, so it is ideal for setting permanent teeth, once they come in. See our pages about teen Invisalign or braces for more about this phase.