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Why Does My Child Need 2 Phases of Braces?

This is one of the most common questions we receive at Parrish Orthodontics and here is the answer:

Firstly, not all children need 2 phases of braces. And at Parrish Orthodontics, we will never advice your child to get Phase 1 treatment unless we feel it is absolutely necessary.

But there are some cases where it is. Around the age of 7, it’s important to have children evaluated to catch certain problems early on which can prompt us to suggest early intervention in order to allow for minimal correction later in life. Severe crowding, large gaps or spaces, certain cases of bite correction or occasionally discovering your child is missing permanent teeth are a few examples. A 2nd set of braces, usually around 12-13 years of age is recommended, as that is when all permanent teeth are typically grown in and we can correctly align all teeth and the bite.

These are when 2 phases of braces are necessary for children. For an evaluation to determine whether this is necessary, feel free to contact Parrish Orthodontics.

The Importance of Orthodontic Assessments for Kids

Does your child need to visit an orthodontist? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, every child should visit an orthodontist at 7 years of age.

This is in order to detect potential problems early on and provide early treatment if necessary. Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:

– Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight

– Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches

– Create more space for crowded teeth

– Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life

– Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems

Here are some signs that your child should see an orthodontist.

– Early or late loss of baby teeth

– A hard time chewing or biting food

– Mouth breathing

– Finger or thumb sucking

– Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth

– Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing

– Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all

– Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face

– Crowded front teeth around age 7 or 8

Please contact Parrish Orthodontics to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.


For a checkup at Parrish Orthodontic, reach out to schedule a consultation with us! We have clinics in Fort Wayne, Huntington, Churubusco, and Bluffton, Indiana; as well as Van Wert and Paulding, Ohio.