Dr. Monica Gawlik sees children as young as seven, or as soon as the first permanent (adult) molars come in, for orthodontic evaluations. During this evaluation, she will identify whether your child may benefit from Phase 1 orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment can help to correct problems with the bite, eliminate harmful oral habits, improve the airway, correct excessive crowding/spacing, improve speech, and create the most aesthetic smile possible. While a straight smile is beneficial to overall health, a beautiful smile can also have a huge effect on self-esteem!
Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Phase 1 treatment (if necessary) is done at an earlier age and can often prevent the need for longer, more extensive treatment later on. The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.
Most children do not need Phase 1 treatment, but it is always a good idea to visit our Mississauga or Toronto orthodontic office for a free consultation to see if your child could benefit.
Phase 2 treatment is done when all the permanent teeth have come in and takes longer than Phase 1 treatment. Phase 2 involves braces or clear aligners to straighten the teeth.
Making Kids Smile at Mississauga Orthodontics
Dr. Gawlik and our team work hard to make each visit rewarding, fun, and very positive. From our extensive experience working with children, we can make any child feel at ease in the dental chair!
Often times, very anxious children require extra time to accomplish a given treatment or procedure. Our staff takes the extra time with each and every one of our patients. Our office environment is super warm, family-friendly, and comfortable. It is impossible to feel intimidated here!
If you notice that your child has crowded front teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, or has a speech impediment, or if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, please contact Dr. Gawlik for a consultation. Simply call or book an appointment online, and set your child up for a lifetime of happy smiles!