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 grow. 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.