The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should have an orthodontic screening by the age of 7.
Advantages of Early Treatment (also called as Phase I treatment)
Minimizes the need for tooth extraction.
In a large number of patients, a successful Phase I treatment ensures that all permanent teeth get accommodated and more often there is no need to extract permanent teeth at a later stage for creating space.
Protection of protruding front teeth from damage and trauma.
Front teeth that protrude forward are likely to get injured leading to severe dental trauma. (Broken/chipped teeth may require specialized treatment i.e. root canal treatment). Early orthodontic treatment corrects such teeth rapidly thereby prevents permanent damage.
Aesthetic and functional development in early years.
Patients can get rid of their buck-toothed, bunny-rabbit appearance. This tremendous facial improvement is always accompanied by a wonderful personality change. Thus, there is not only a dental but also a mental advantage too. These conditions go unnoticed if you wait till 12 years of age.