Early Treatment


Comprehensive Children’s Orthodontic Care For Susanville, CA

Dr. Phillips of Susanville Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry knows what a charming and healthy smile can do for your child’s confidence. Our Susanville, California office provides young patients with a variety of orthodontic treatment options, such as metal braces, clear braces, clear aligners, and more. In the series of questions below, the doctors at Susanville Orthodontics answers important questions that many parents have about early childhood orthodontic treatment.

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Susanville Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry treats patients of all ages, and a patient can seek treatment at any age if so desired. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the ideal age for initial treatment is at age seven or at the first sign of orthodontic problems. Initiating treatment at a young age ensures that your child receives efficient and effective care while simultaneously limiting the amount of time and cost of treatment.

Orthodontic treatment may or may not be necessary at such an early age, but an initial examination helps the doctor determine a child’s optimal time for treatment. The first adult molars erupt and form a back bite around age seven in most patients. This gives the doctor the opportunity to evaluate tooth relationships from every angle in your child’s mouth. For example, the emergence of erupting incisors may signal the development of an overbite, an open bite, teeth crowding, or a gummy smile. By taking your child for a screening, you are increasing the probability of a beautiful smile and lower treatment expenses!

What are the potential benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

  • Timely detection of problems before they can become serious
  • Greater opportunity for more effective treatment
  • Guides teeth growth and development
  • Careful monitoring
  • Opportunity to lower the cost of treatment

Is your child a candidate for early orthodontic care?

Orthodontics will not only improve the aesthetics of your child’s smile, but orthodontic treatment will also prevent and fix any bad bite. Bad bites often result from tooth or jaw misalignment, which affects the way children smile, chew, clean their teeth or feel about their smiles.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

We have listed some of the most direct effects of interceptive treatment here:

  • Creation of room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Formation of facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Risk reduction of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Space preservation for unerupted teeth
  • Chances of tooth removal decrease
  • Shorten braces treatment time

Book An Appointment Today!

Contact us at (530) 257-4455 to schedule an appointment! By calling Susanville Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry today, you will be helping your child take the first step to a beautiful and healthier smile. We enjoy treating younger patients and take pride in helping them achieve the smile of their dreams. Conveniently serving Susanville, California, our orthodontic office also provides orthodontic assistance to surrounding communities. We look forward to your child’s visit!