Early Intervention Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment in young children also known as interceptive orthodontics, can begin as early as age 6 or 7. At this age, teeth are still developing and the jaw is still growing. This means that certain conditions, such as crowding, may be easier to address.
It is important to note that early treatment does not apply to all orthodontic problems; however it may help in certain cases.
Benefits of Early Orthodontics
Early intervention takes advantage of the fact that a child's jaw is still growing. Early treatment is useful when the dental arches and jaws are not in the correct position. Functional appliances can fix or improve these problems. More treatment usually is needed later on, but it may be shorter and less involved.