Early Treatment


The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receives his or her first orthodontic screening by age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems and correct them before they become more serious. This will save you and your child time and money by preventing future problems before they begin.

Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. Because a young child's permanent teeth have not finished erupting, we are able to thoroughly evaluate and address any impending problems at the earliest stage.

During your child's initial evaluation at either our Champaign or Monticello office, we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as potential crowding, open bite, overbite or gummy smiles. The Phase I treatment plan can include preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, correct a current problem or help direct jawbone growth. Multiple problems with tooth alignment, gums, jaws and facial problems can be corrected with Phase I treatment.

Does Your Child Need Braces?

About 75% of all kids and teens have some type of problem when their teeth have grown in, so it’s not uncommon for your child to need braces. Here are some signs that your child will need braces:

  • Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth.
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting.
  • Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth.
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds.
  • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth.
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all.
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face.

Early diagnosis and successful treatment of certain bite can have both short-term and long-term benefits. Even though adults also get orthodontic care, success is usually more predictable in a growing jaw and can be tackled early on.

To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, schedule a consultation.