Many orthodontic problems are growth related and have to do with the position, shape and size of the jaws (jaw relationship). While a child is still growing, appliances can be comfortably and effectively used to correct jaw relationship as well as make room for all future adult teeth. In all cases, early treatment will prevent the need for multiple extractions (removal) of baby and permanent teeth.
The American Association of Orthodontists and the Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommend that a child’s first visit to an orthodontist occur no later than age 7. Certain problems, if detected at this time, are much easier to correct.
Early interceptive orthopaedic orthodontic treatment or 'Early Treatment' allows for correction of growth related problems such as jaw relationship issues including overbites, under bites, narrow jaws, cross bites and imbalances in jaw length. Appliances usually correct most functional bite related issues.
Even though all the adult teeth are not yet present, early treatment will address and correct the functional aspects of the bite. In many cases, this is all that a person may require for the health and fit of the bite. In some cases, a second phase of orthodontics is needed or desired to address the aesthetics or look of the teeth ~ Braces or Invisalign are options for this second phase of treatment.
Early Treatment with Rykiss Orthodontics usually involves the wearing of two sets of growth appliances. The first set helps to create room in the mouth and evens out the arch shape and size. The second set of appliances addresses other bite related issues. In some cases, Dr. Mark or Dr. Jared may talk about adding some braces to the upper and lower front teeth which will be included in the early treatment program. All appliances are custom built in our labs. We have a choice of colours including glow-in-the-dark, sparkle and can add an image inside your retainer (Sponge Bob, Hannah Montana, hearts, cars, hockey sticks etc.). Bring in your own image (anything you want as long as it is about the size of a dime) and we can add it to your appliances.
Rykiss Orthodontics suggests a (complimentary) consultation if any of the following issues are present:
Please refer to our Getting Started in Early Interceptive Treatment with Rykiss Orthodontics document or send us an eMail and we'll provide a prompt response to your query.