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Orthodontic Treatment Timing

Dr. Shaikh provides orthodontic treatment for adults, adolescents and children. We follow the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists by recommending that an orthodontic evaluation take place at age 7 for all children. This early evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment.

Many progressive treatments are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age that provide significant benefits, especially when jaw irregularities are present. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows our practice to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child.

Dr. Shaikh can give you an idea of what to expect in the future and if there are any concerns, which should require early treatment.

Problems treated early include:


Upper teeth fitting on the inside of lower teeth.

Severe Overbites

Upper teeth, which protrude beyond the lower teeth

Problems treated early include:

Upper front teeth that fit behinde lower front teeth

Lack of space for permanent teeth to erupt into proper position

Early treatment, when necessary, allows Dr. Shaikh to guide the jaws and teeth into more favorable positions. This gives us better alignment of the jaws, and reduces the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth.

Children who have had early treatment generally will need to wear braces again when all of their permanent teeth are in. This second phase of treatment with full braces is generally shorter and far easier than treatment would have been is the patient had not had the benefit of early intervention. More importantly, we are able to achieve the best end result for these children.

Most children begin braces once most permanent teeth erupt. Usually ages 10-12.