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