Early treatment is when a younger patient, typically a child around 6 – 8, receives an orthodontic screening to check how their teeth and bones are developing. If the orthodontist sees there is an abnormal or misaligned structure in the mouth, preventative measures can be taken to correct it. Interceptive orthodontic work ensures the teeth and jaw develop properly as the child grows and permanent teeth come in. Though it is not a necessary procedure for every child, our orthodontists can tell you if your child needs early treatment if your family dentist recommends a screening.
Candidates for early orthodontic treatment are children who exhibit:
- Bruxism or grinding of teeth
- Thumb sucking
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty biting properly
Our orthodontists can determine whether or not an early orthodontic treatment is necessary. For some cases, early orthodontic treatment can adjust the bite better than adult orthodontics because the teeth are still developing and easier to move. Ask Dr. Artin and Dr. Mel from Orthodontics LA for an early orthodontic treatment screening.