Traditional and more usual orthodontic treatment begins when the permanent teeth have erupted. It may involve full braces, plates, or headgear.
Sometimes early orthodontic treatment can start even before the baby teeth are lost. Usually targeting specific problems, early treatment can reduce the overall time, and/or cost of full braces, or even allow your child to avoid braces altogether. While not needed in every case, when appropriate, early treatment can use children’s growth to improve severe bite problems making future treatment more straightforward, and sometimes even avoid the need for surgery.
Before any orthodontic treatment, an assessment involving record taking and xray evaluation will be needed.