Early Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. Doing so creates adequate space for growing teeth, and it can reduce the overall time and cost of later treatments. Bringing your child in for early orthodontic treatment can prevent crossbites and allow teeth to develop correctly. Also, we can apply partial braces onto young children whose front teeth are crowded.

The Smile Specialists are a team of experts who provide Pennsylvania’s best orthodontic treatment. Dr. McSurdy is committed to providing Pennsylvania residents with comfortable and affordable orthodontic treatment. Our professional staff will supply people of all ages with treatment from our cutting-edge orthodontic technology. We believe in continuing education, and our team takes local and national seminars to stay up-to-date with all the modern advances in orthodontics.

Introducing Invisalign First

Invisalign® first introduces a new way to achieve phase one treatment for the needs of patients from ages 7-10. Dr.McSurdy will be offering Invisalign® first to treat phase one cases with aligners that are specifically designed to target young jaws and or/ arches to make room for existing teeth and for incoming permanent teeth. Invisalign® first can correct a broad range of younger patients’ malocclusions, manage erupting dentition, and guide dental arch expansion, just like traditional braces can do. Dr.McSurdy is excited to offer Invisalign® first to achieve the developmental treatment goals in the two-phase treatment.

Benefits of Invisalign® first

  • No wire pokes or broken brackets means fewer trips to the office for repairs
  • Faster, more predictable treatments means fewer appointments and better outcomes
  • No food restrictions – each whatever you want, whenever you want

Dr.McSurdy is a top provider of Invisalign® and has treated over 1,600 Invisalign cases. If you are interested in Invisalign® first for your child, please call 610-489-6032 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

The Three Steps of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment is designed to prevent future misalignment. Orthodontic irregularities may be present from an early age, and correcting them may reduce the risk of cavities and jaw misalignment. See below for three stages of child treatment.

Early Treatment

The main goal of early treatment is to provide enough space in the mouth for permanent teeth to grow. Parents of children who have difficulty biting properly or those who grind their teeth should schedule an appointment with The Smile Specialists. Early treatment will make it easier for children in the future and it will make room for other teeth to form straight.

Middle Dentition

When your child is 8 or 9, the tissues in their mouth are soft and pliable. This makes it easier to correct a jaw misalignment. At this age, they are old enough to receive a dental appliance. Preventing malocclusions at an early age will make it easier to correct when they are older. Also, it leads to an overall healthier mouth and more self-esteem.

Adolescent Dentition

Adolescent dentition is what most people think of when they imagine braces. This is the time when the permanent teeth have formed and need correcting. Aligning permanent teeth and straightening the jaw can lead to fewer cavities and a reduced risk of periodontal disease.

Call Us Today!

Call today at 610-489-6032 to schedule your first free consultation. The first visit is the best time to ask about how early orthodontic treatment will benefit your child.