Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Treating Issues Early

Early Orthodontic Treatment

As outlined by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), you should first take your child to see Dr. Herrington by age 7. At this age, children have a mix of baby and permanent teeth. There are some specific orthodontic problems that require early intervention and correction and the goal is to intercept problems early before they become more serious.

An orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Herrington will include an assessment of the growth and harmony of the jaws and facial bones and the position of erupting permanent teeth. If a problem exists or could be developing, he will advise you if and when orthodontic therapy is recommended. Not every child will need early orthodontic treatment—Dr. Herrington will be able to determine whether your child is a good candidate or not.

Types of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment occurs when your child has a mixture of permanent and baby teeth. There are several different treatment options available to your child based on their specific needs. During the early treatment phase, we will work with you to eliminate orthodontically harmful habits, like excessive pacifier use and thumb sucking. We may also use orthodontic appliances to promote jaw growth, hold space for adult teeth (space maintainers) or prevent the teeth from “shifting” into undesired areas.

Benefits Of Early Orthodontic Treatment

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth

  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth

  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth

  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth

  • Reducing the need for tooth removal

  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Signs Your Child May Need Early Orthodontic Treatment

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth

  • A hard time chewing or biting food

  • Mouth breathing

  • Finger or thumb sucking

  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth

  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing

  • Teeth that come together abnormally or do not come together at all

  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

Early Orthodontic Treatment


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