While Orthodontic treatment can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. An initial evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than age seven.
At this early age, the first permanent molars and incisors have usually come into the mouth. We can evaluate crossbites, crowding, breathing and swallowing patterns, as well as thumb habits and other problems. Treatment may not be indicated, but this crucial examination can reveal the most advantageous time to start.
We use early treatment to: regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems.