Early Treatment

Most orthodontic problems are best treated with conventional braces as soon as the last baby tooth has been shed. This usually occurs between the ages of 11-14 years.

However, early orthodontic treatment is effective and desirable in certain situations. Providing a child is mature enough to accept treatment, the following orthodontic problems are usually indicated for treatment as soon as they are noticed:

  • A crossbite of the back teeth or front teeth
  • An extremely narrow upper dental arch
  • Inadequate growth and development of the midface
  • Severe crowding or tipping which prevents the normal eruption of adult teeth
  • Adult front teeth which are protruding excessively, and are therefore in danger of being damaged as a result of trauma or other injury
  • An adult tooth which is erupting in the wrong direction
  • A front tooth having a very receeded gum line due to its unfavorable position in the arch
  • Habits (such as thumb or finger sucking and tongue-thrusting) which influence tooth position

Early treatment does not necessarily eliminate the need for further treatment, but aims to reduce the complexity of any future treatment.