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:

14. crossbite of front teeth
14. crossbite of back teeth
14. crowding

Crossbite of front teeth
Crossbite of back teeth
Crowding

14. openbite
14. protrusion
14. deepbite

Openbite
Protrusion
Deepbite

14. underbite
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14. oral habits

Underbite
Spacing
Oral Habits