Early Orthodontic Treatment is often referred to as the active orthodontic intervention before all of the adult teeth have appeared and usually while there are still some baby teeth present. Often this kind of treatment takes place between the ages of 8 and 11.
Early orthodontic treatment is usually focused on fixing a developing problem so that it doesn’t need to be fixed later or so that is much easier to deal with at a later time. It can also be useful to reduce the risk of damage to protruding teeth.
The types of orthodontic problems addressed by early orthodontic treatment include jaw growth discrepancies, severe tooth protrusion, crossbites (bite problems related to narrow jaws) and extreme crowding of the teeth.
We recommend an initial orthodontic examination at the age of 7-8 so that the developing teeth and bite can be checked and the need for any early intervention is assessed. Sometimes leaving the initial orthodontic check-up until a later age may mean that the opportunity for early treatment is missed and this may make future orthodontic treatments more complicated than what it could have been.
It is crucial to get your child early orthodontic treatment and care from an early age. The reason is simply due to the fact of fixing an issue or problem at early onset can lead to a lesser invasive and pain free treatment in later years. Moving teeth into alignment also becomes more tricky in older ages due to jaw structure and teeth placement over a prolonged period of time.
Teeth often need to be removed to make room for correcting crossbites, and other alignment issues in adults and even in the teenage years. That condition does not exist for young children, so orthodontists are able to get in on the ground floor so to speak and set the mouth up for proper alignment before teeth enter their permanent positions.
If you are unsure as to whether your child needs care, treatment or even guidance and advice. It is best to reach out to our team and we can assist you further from there.