Early Orthodontic Treatment
Sometimes it’s best not to wait too long to get started on orthodontic treatment. Instead of waiting for teeth to come in crooked or crowded, you might want to start orthodontic treatment that lays the groundwork for your child’s healthy, straight smile.
In this case, we might recommend early orthodontic treatment, also called interceptive orthodontic treatment or early interceptive treatment. Early orthodontic treatment describes any orthodontic treatment that we perform while your child still has some baby teeth in their mouth. Instead of waiting for your child’s adult teeth to come in crooked and straighten them, we realign your child’s baby teeth so they can better guide in the adult teeth. We might also encourage the development of your child’s jaws, taking advantage of the body’s natural growth mechanisms to help it achieve optimal size, shape, and spacing for teeth.
This might include the use of fixed or removable appliances or sometimes the extraction of baby teeth.