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Evaluating Children At An Early Age for Orthodontic Treatment, With Dr. Will Saavedra, Phoenix, Tolleson, Chandler, Peoria, Ariz

By age 7, children should have an orthodontic evaluation, as by then, their 6-year molars will have erupted, giving orthodontists a general idea of what space is available and to check for any other growth discrepancies.  Dr. Will Saavedra, orthodontist with E & S Orthodontics in Phoenix, Arizona, says if not checked at any early age, it may prevent some adult teeth from coming in or there may be a need to extract adult teeth.

Dr. Saavedra says that with extraction treatment, you always narrow the upper and lower arches and as one gets older, it won't support their facial features and you can reduce the amount of space available for your tongue.  He also says that extraction doesn't really allow for more space because the teeth will still come in and there will still be crowding.

Dr. Saavedra won't do phase one treatment unless the final outcome of treatment will be compromised or will complicate the treatment process if treated later.  He evaluates if there's space for adult teeth and if not, he'll do phase one treatment. 

Dr. Will Saavedra is an orthodontist with E & S Orthodontics, with locations in Tolleson, Peoria and Chandler, Arizona.   He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand sleep breathing disorder video content.

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