Preventive Orthodontics is suggested for:

  • Kids
  • Children as early as age 5 may be treated for jaw development problems. However, age 7  is usually a good time to assess children to determine if orthodontic treatment is/or will be required in the future.  This is a good time to evaluate crossbites, crowding, and other problems.
  • Early treatment can simplify later treatment.

The advantages of early treatment include:

  • Guiding jaw growth and development of incoming permanent teeth
  • Developing the width of the upper and lower dental arches; thus, increasing space for permanent teeth to avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, and reducing likelihood of permanent teeth impaction
  • Correcting childhood habits such as thumb-sucking, and eliminating abnormal swallowing or speech problems; to pevent adverse jaw and teeth development.