Braces for Children

Early evaluations are the first step to a great smile

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be evaluated for orthodontic treatment by age seven. Early guidance my help prevent bigger and costlier problems down the road. By identifying and intercepting challenges at an early age, Dr. DuClos can guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth.

During an initial exam, Dr. DuClos will determine if there are any problems to address, such as potential crowding, open bite, overbite or possible missing permanent teeth. Getting an evaluation does not mean your child will need treatment immediately – or even at all.

Goals of early treatment (also called “Phase I”)

If Dr. DuClos does identify potential challenges, early intervention can:

  • Regulate the width and length of the upper and lower dental arches
  • Gain space for permanent teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions
  • Reduce the possibility of impacted permanent teeth
  • Correct thumb-sucking
  • Eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems