Early Orthodontic Treatment


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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by age 7.


With orthodontic treatment, timing is everything. In some cases, an orthodontic concern may require an orthodontic consultation before the age of 7. Early orthodontic treatment, or interceptive treatment, is treatment that is performed while your child still has some of their baby teeth. The goal of early treatment is to intercept the developing problem, eliminate the cause, guide the growth of facial and jaw bones, and provide adequate space for incoming permanent teeth.

Orthodontic problems could be resolved with early treatment:

  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Facial Asymmetry
  • Crowded teeth
  • Excessively Spacing
  • Extra or missing teeth
  • Open Bites
  • Thumb-, finger-, or pacifier- sucking that can affect development

For more information on why early treatment may be helpful, please click here.