Early Treatment Orthodontics

Why are some orthodontic treatments started early while others do not begin until adult teeth come in? That’s because orthodontic care is not a “one size fits all” approach. Each patient has a unique problem that requires a unique treatment plan. What is right for one child may not be right for another.


How do I know early treatment is right for my child?


This is usually determined based on an examination of your child’s mouth and study of diagnostic records.


What are the goals of early treatment?


  • Prevent a problem from developing
  • Intercept a developing problem
  • Guide the growth of the jaw bones that support the teeth


What decides potential candidates for early treatment?


  • Patients who have severe Overjet (protruding of teeth) that are prone to injury
  • Underbite
  • Incisor crossbite
  • Closed (deep) bite – the lower front teeth hit the roof of the mouth
  • Crossbite


Why Are These Cases Started Early?


If left alone, the condition will create an unhealthy environment for the growth and development of your child’s teeth, gums, jaws and face.


What are the benefits of early treatment of these cases?


Early initiation on these cases benefits patients physically, enabling them to bite or chew more effectively. It may reduce the risk of breaking front teeth that protrude. And for many patients, there is improvement in self-esteem.


Does a child’s growth affect orthodontic treatment?


Orthodontic treatment and a child’s growth can complement each other. By timing orthodontic treatment to predictable stages of dental development, the orthodontist may be able to take advantage of your child’s growth and development. Some problems that can be treated quite well in a growing child may require corrective surgery if treated after growth has occurred.


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