Early Orthodontic Treatment Specialist

Millennium Park Orthodontics

Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Early orthodontic treatment, which means evaluation and treatment when your child still has some of their baby teeth, is highly recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists. With early orthodontic treatment at Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago, expert orthodontist Howard Spector, DDS, can often prevent serious orthodontic issues later in life. Book your child’s early orthodontic evaluation through the online tool or by phone now.

Early Orthodontic Treatment Q & A

Millennium Park Orthodontics

When should my child see the orthodontist for the first time?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see the orthodontist for their initial assessment prior to age seven. At that point, your child has some of their permanent teeth already, which allows Dr. Spector to see patterns and predict future movement.

What type of issues may need orthodontic treatment?

There are many different issues that Dr. Spector looks for, including:

  • Underbite: Lower teeth overlap upper ones
  • Overbite: Upper teeth overlap lower ones
  • Crossbite: Jaw isn’t centered
  • Crowded mouth: Jaw too small to contain teeth
  • Spaces: Significant gaps between the teeth
  • Open bite: Teeth don’t meet when mouth is closed

Some behaviors can affect teeth alignment, including thumb-sucking and sleeping with a bottle or a sippy cup in the mouth. Dr. Spector will discuss your child’s habits with you to help him determine if any of them contribute to your child’s teeth alignment and the likely outcome of continuing those behaviors.

Will early orthodontic treatment start right away?

No, not necessarily. Simply having an early orthodontic evaluation and getting a treatment recommendation doesn’t always mean that your child will need treatment right away. If Dr. Spector determines that your child has emerging orthodontic issues, he may recommend periodic evaluations so he can monitor growth until it’s time to start treatment.

Sometimes immediate treatment is best. Many orthodontic problems are best corrected before they’re at their peak. When your child’s jaw is still growing, and they’re still getting new teeth, it can be the ideal time for a course correction. Early orthodontic treatment is usually complete by the time your child has all of their permanent teeth.

What does early orthodontic treatment include?

Early orthodontic treatment is customized for your child’s needs, so it will vary by patient, and may include two phases.

In phase one, Dr. Spector corrects serious problems. Phase one treatment may include tooth extractions in a crowded mouth or surgery to correct a misshapen or misaligned jaw. Successful phase one treatment can minimize the corrections needed in phase two.

Phase two treatment usually occurs a few years after phase one, typically during early adolescence. At this point, your child likely has many of their adult teeth. Phase two orthodontic treatments typically include braces or Invisalign®, and later a retainer.

Use online booking or call the office to schedule your child’s early orthodontic assessment today.