Early orthodontic treatment can be valuable in several ways. By treating problems early, a proper foundation can be laid for a long term, stable result in the permanent teeth.
When Is Early Treatment Necessary?
While some orthodontic irregularities can resolve themselves with time, others call for early intervention. Here are a few examples of why we may recommend early orthodontic care:
- Following extraction. When primary (baby) teeth need to be extracted, it is important to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting into these new spaces. This helps to guide permanent teeth into place and prevent future orthodontic complications.
- Treating early bite problems. Intercepting a malocclusion will sometimes reduce the need for future orthodontic care. This can mean a shorter treatment time or in some cases exclude the need for additional braces.
- Addressing harmful habits. An important part of early orthodontic care is behavior modification. Concerns such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can be eliminated through patient education and/or the use of habit appliances.
Assessing Early Orthodontic Needs
Early orthodontic treatment works to prevent or intercept orthodontic problems, reducing or eliminating a patient’s need for adult treatment, and promoting a lifetime of good oral health. For these reasons, it is important that we assess your child’s orthodontic needs as early as possible. We encourage parents to schedule an appointment at our office to discuss steps we can take to ensure a beautiful, healthy smile in your child.