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Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. The vast majority of children will not require any treatment at this age. There are, however, certain types of problems that need to be addressed early to prevent possible damage to the teeth or unfavorable growth. When these problems exist, early interceptive treatment can dramatically increase the likelihood of an optimal result.

Early interceptive treatment may be needed to…

  • Create room for crowded, erupting, or impacted teeth
  • Promote growth of an underdeveloped jaw during periods of maximum growth potential
  • Prevent unfavorable asymmetrical growth of the jaws
  • Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Address unfavorable habits like thumb-sucking so further damage is not done to the teeth
  • Correct cross-bites which can lead to tooth fracture or wear and result in unfavorable growth of the jaws
  • Reduce the likelihood that permanent teeth will need to be removed
  • Reduce treatment time with braces
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