Early Treatment

red headed girl with plaid shirt smilingGiving Children of Sudbury, Parry Sound, & Espanola a Straighter Smile!

Like all orthodontists who support the Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontics recommended practices, the doctors at Sudbury Orthodontics believe that Orthodontic treatment for children should start around age 7. At this age, children have a mix of both their baby and adult teeth, which make it easier to identify any tooth and jaw problems and correct them before need for surgery. It is important to assess the progression of your child’s oral alignment and take any steps necessary to ensure their teeth grow in straight and healthy.

Mouth Types That Can Be Corrected with Early Treatment

There are several different types of oral alignment complications that can occur in a child which require them the need of orthodontic treatment. Here are a few:


Crossbite is the result of your upper teeth falling inside your lower teeth on one side when you bite down.


Crowding is when teeth are in conflict with one another when trying to grow into their adult position.


Openbite appears as the front teeth fail to come in contact with their opposing counterparts, thus leaving a gap in between the two rows of teeth.


Overbite occurs when the lower jaw falls far behind the upper jaw when biting down.


Overjet describes the horizontal distance in between the top and bottom incisors when one bites down normally.


Spacing is the result of a gap in between teeth, when there should be none.


Underbite happens when the upper jaw falls behind the lower jaw when biting down.

Benefits of Early Treatment

Early treatment is highly recommended by doctors in the orthodontic field. Beginning treatment early can ensure the greatest results for your child in the shortest amount of time and at lower cost. Early treatment will allow your doctor to the following:

  • Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw, which helps permanent teeth come in straight.
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches.
  • Create more space for crowded teeth.
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life.
  • Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems.
  • Create facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth.
  • Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth.
  • Preserve space for unerupted teeth.
  • Reduce treatment time with braces.

Phase 2 Treatment

During a child’s initial assessment around age seven, preliminary steps are taken to correct the alignment of some of the child’s adult teeth coming in. This comes in the form of either preventative, interceptive, or modifying treatment. After these steps have been taken and a child reaches his or her adolescent years, orthodontists take a more traditional approach to oral alignment, which is often referred to as phase-two treatment. Phase two treatment is traditional orthodontic treatments, which can include braces, Invisalign, lingual braces and a retention phase where a retainer is worn after those initial treatments.

Indicators It is Time to See an Orthodontist

“How am I supposed to know when the right time is to start my child’s early / phase 2 treatment?”

Some warning signs that let you know your child should see an orthodontist include:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth.
  • A hard time chewing or biting food.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • Finger or thumb sucking.
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth.
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing.
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all.
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face.
  • Crowded front teeth around age 7 or 8.

If you notice any or all of these indications from your child, be sure to reach out to one of the doctors are Sudbury Orthodontics as soon as possible so we can help.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you think it’s time to schedule your child’s first orthodontic visit, feel free to stop by one of our three offices in Sudbury, Parry Sound, or Espanola. Be sure to request an appointment and fill out our information form so we can work to give your child the best treatment possible. We look forward to seeing you and your child’s smile soon!

Sudbury Orthodontics

  • Sudbury Location - 250 Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury, ON P3C 5K5 Phone: 705-671-6261
  • Parry Sound Location - 5 Bowes St., Parry Sound, ON P2A 2K7 Phone: 705-746-9311
  • Espanola Location - 91 Tudhope Street, Espanola, ON P5E 1S6 Phone: 705-869-0880

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