Early Orthodontic Treatment

As advised by the American Association of Orthodontists, it is recommended that Dr. Gardner sees your child by the age of 7. Dr. Gardner can evaluate spacing or crowding concerns, growth patterns and jaw discrepancies which may require early treatment.  If your child does not need early intervention, Dr. Gardner will begin monitoring his or her growth and developmental patterns.Early Orthodontic Treatment

In certain situations, an early phase of treatment can limit and prevent future problems.  Early treatment can:

  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Gain space for permanent teeth
  • Reduce the need for removal of permanent teeth
  • Coordinate growth of the jaws
  • Guide the eruption of permanent teeth.


This early treatment is sometimes known as Phase 1 of a 2 phase treatment plan.


Most of the time, early treatment is not necessary and Dr. Gardner will usually see your child for observation visits.  These appointments are quick checks to monitor growth and development of the face and teeth. This allows Dr. Gardner to recommend treatment at the perfect age for your child, whether it be during their teen years or in adulthood.  These observation visits are complimentary at Gardner Orthodontics.


Signs of possible developing problems:

  • Thumb/digit sucking
  • Tongue thrust swallow/posture
  • Mouth breathing
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Blocked out permanent teeth or delayed eruption
  • Jaw discrepancies
  • Social/aesthetic concerns of tooth position