Your Eight Year Old Does Not Need Braces
You better think real hard and/or get a second opinion before you pay $4,000 and commit 1-2 years for Phase I treatment, then do it all over when all the permanent teeth come in. This Phase II will cost $5,000+. Total cost approximately $12,000. That would commit a parent to take your child to the orthodontist for 3-5 years. That's about 50 appointments. Both parents and kids would be burned out when the REAL treatment is started. No thanks. None of my four children had Phase I. Their treatment was very short and concise.
Even worse would be to spend big money for Invisalign treatment for your eight year old. It is a very cool technology, but with limitations. So peer pressure from other parents and children are going to dictate treatment? Good luck. Your child won't even do their chores and you expect them to wear these things 24/7. Coolness wears off, especially after many years.
At Hook Orthodontics, we run a practice, not a business. That means we place the patient ahead of profit. My goal is not to do Phase I. Many orthodontists want to place braces on everyone that comes to the office. Our fees are thousands LESS than most. Please read the article below by Peter Greco, DMD. He is clinical director Penn Dental Medicine and Director of Ethics in Orthodontics at the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.