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Early Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is primarily used to prevent and correct “bite” irregularities. Several factors may contribute to such irregularities, including genetic factors, the early loss of primary (baby) teeth, and damaging oral habits (such as thumb sucking and developmental problems).

Orthodontic irregularities may be present at birth or develop during toddlerhood or early childhood. Crooked teeth hamper self-esteem and make good oral homecare difficult, whereas straight teeth help minimize the risk of tooth decay and childhood periodontal disease.

Why does an early orthodontic evaluation make sense?

Some children display early signs of minor orthodontic irregularities. In such cases, the general dentist may choose to monitor the situation over time without providing intervention. However, for children who display severe orthodontic irregularities, an early orthodontic evaluation and/or treatment by an orthodontist may provide many benefits, including:

  • Enhanced self-confidence and esthetic appearance.
  • Increased likelihood of proper jaw growth.
  • Increased likelihood of properly aligned and spaced adult teeth.
  • Reduced risk of bruxing (grinding of teeth).
  • Reduced risk of childhood cavities, periodontal disease, and tooth decay.
  • Reduced risk of impacted adult teeth.
  • Reduced risk of protracted orthodontic treatments in later years.
  • Reduced risk of speech problems.
  • Reduced risk of tooth, gum, and jawbone injury.

The doctors will discuss their findings and concerns with parents and make the appropriate referrals for your child at their routine dental visits.