Dr. Courtney Dunn says that she doesn’t recommend this two step approach for most of her patients. In the CBS Channel 5 news story, Dr. Dunn is quoted as saying that there are a few issues that can be effectively treated at these young years but most orthodontic treatment can be left until the later grade school or junior high years.
Some of the orthodontic issues that can be remedied in younger years involve cases where there is cross bite or under-bite, or where a tooth is jutting out so far that it is damaging other teeth. Dr. Courtney Dunn says that these three issues are the primary reasons for early intervention or a two-step treatment plan. Other cases can be just as effectively managed in later childhood, starting around ages 10-12.
According to Dr. Courtney Dunn, as well as several clinical trials CBS 5 investigated, a two-phase treatment program can cost parents up to 30% more in the long run and does not result in better results for buck teeth or overcrowded teeth, which are some of the most common reasons for getting braces.