As we all know, timing is everything in life.
“Early” treatment, also called “interceptive” treatment, means treatment that is performed while some baby teeth are still present. While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some children’s orthodontic problems can benefit from earlier treatment. If it appears that your child will need treatment at some point, our orthodontist, Dr. Bolton, will advise you the best time to begin and the best kind of “appliance” for your child’s specific need. While Dr. Bolton strives to perform orthodontics at one time, in one treatment - it may not be feasible or best for every child. If early treatment is indicated, it is because the same results may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing. Catching growth in these cases is paramount.
Early treatment allows for:
• Guiding jaw growth
• Lowering the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
• Correcting harmful oral habits
• Improving appearance and self-esteem
• Guiding permanent teeth into a more favorable position
• Improving the way lips meet
• Improving airway for ease of breathing through nose
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