Orthodontics for Children
Prevention starts early
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that most children should have an orthodontic screening by age 7. This allows Dr. Ryan Hurley and Dr. Tonya Volk to determine if orthodontic treatment will be necessary and the best time for the patient to be treated.
In some cases, Drs. Hurley and Volk may recommend early treatment (or Phase One treatment) to promote healthy growth and development of your child’s teeth and jaws. Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favorable position, create space for permanent teeth, and allow the upper and lower jaws to grow correctly.
If early treatment is indicated, Dr. Ryan Hurley or Dr. Tonya Volk can guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment, after all the permanent teeth erupt.