Early Orthodontic Treatment

Did you know? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children see an orthodontic specialist for a check up no later than age 7.

 

Why? An orthodontist can start noticing problems that may be developing, even when baby teeth are present or even if the teeth look straight. Some of these may require monitoring, while other problems may require intervention.

 

Sometimes when treated in an early stage, a second comprehensive stage of orthodontics is no longer indicated or it is much more expedited.

 

Examples of Early Treatment needs:

Early jaw growth guidance


May use Palatal Expanders or Facemask treatments




Anterior and/or posterior crossbites


Orthopedic (skeletal) correction achieved with palatal expansion and limited braces




Relief of traumatic occlusion


Traumatic bites may be damaging the health of adult teeth




Prevention of dental trauma


Adult teeth may be prone to trauma as a result of protrusion of front teeth




Habit correction


Habit control Habits that may require early orthodontic intervention may include thumb sucking, finger biting, lip traps tongue thrusts




Guide adult teeth


Impacted Canines In cases of severe crowding, orthodontic treatment can assist guiding adult teeth into a more favorable position: broaden and gain space




Serial extraction


Severe crowding Sometimes baby teeth are removed early to relieve severe crowding and guide the adult teeth to erupt in the proper position





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