Malocclusions, or misalignments of the teeth, can be recognized as early as 2 to 3 years of age. Often, early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age. At Trusted Dental Excellence, we can help identify these issues in your child.

Stage I — Early Treatment: This period of treatment encompasses ages 2 to 6. At this young age, we are concerned with underdeveloped dental arches, the premature loss of primary teeth & harmful habits like thumb-sucking. Treatment initiated in this stage of development is often very successful & many times (though not always) eliminates the need for future orthodontic or orthopedic treatment.

Stage II — Mixed Dentition: This period covers the ages of 6 to 12, with the eruption of the permanent incisor (front) teeth & 6-year molars. Treatment deals with jaw misalignment & dental realignment problems. This is an excellent stage to start treatment, when indicated, as your child’s hard & soft tissues are usually very responsive to orthodontic or orthopedic forces.

Stage III — Adolescent Dentition: This stage deals with the permanent teeth & the development of the final bite relationship.

Dr. Smith is happy to work with your child at each of the above developmental stages. Call Trusted Dental Excellence today to schedule an orthodontic consultation for your child today at (650) 286-9999.