Some children require early dental treatment, known as an interceptive or phase 1 treatment. This aims to eliminate impediments in normal development, allowing for ideal dental and skeletal development.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends age 7. Sometimes early intervention can provide a better result or prevent more work in the future.
If you notice any of the following in your child, check with your orthodontist:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Speech difficulties
- Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
- Facial imbalance
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
Examples of malocclusions:
Crossbite of front teeth
Crossbite of back teeth