By visiting an orthodontist early, problems such as severe overcrowding, cross bite, over bite, and lack of arch development can be caught and fixed. At this time any need for Dentofacial Orthopedic work (repairing imbalances of the face and jaw and normalizing growth of bone structure) can be recognized and planned for before it gets worse or irreparable. Below are some examples of how early treatment can prevent extensive, more serious treatment later on.
In some cases a child will start to lose teeth early, have an atypical eruption pattern or require teeth extractions. When this happens, space needs to be maintained so that the adult teeth have the space they need to grow properly. If the space is lost, the child can spend a more extended period of time in braces. In short, by conducting a simple treatment at an early age, a simple treatment is required later.
Early treatment can generally be broken down into either skeletal modification – that which is targeted at changed the relationship between the upper and the lower jaw and/or dental modification.