This is a question many parents have when a dentist or orthodontist recommends braces on a young patient (7-10yo) who still has baby teeth. It is a fair concern as most parents remember they and their peers receiving orthodontic treatment during the teenage years. The field of orthodontics has progressed in the last few decades and now recommends the first check up by an orthodontist to be at the age of 7.
Not all kids this age need orthodontic treatment from the age of 7-10. In fact, only about 1 in 5 kids need braces at this age. Treatment rendered while baby teeth are still present is called a Phase I of treatment and is later followed by a second phase once all the permanent teeth have erupted. Phase I is very specific in its goals and its purpose is to correct any jaw growth problems, guide permanent teeth in proper eruption, and to avoid extraction of permanent teeth in the future.
If you have a son or daughter over 7 years old and has not had an orthodontic evaluation, call our office for a free consultation (702)979-9799