Early orthodontic treatment

Some of the orthodontic problems require the early intervention of the orthodontist. The term "early" means that the treatment is provided while the patient is in the mixed dentition (the patient has permanent and "baby" teeth in his mouth). The early intervention does not necessarily eliminate the need for future treatment but it guarantees the alleviation of the future problem (i.e. avoid extraction of permanent teeth, avoid skeletal asymmetries, etc).

The following situations require early intervention:

  1. Lack of spaces for the eruption of permanent teeth: the treatment objective is to create space to facilitate the eruption of all permanent teeth; therefore it prevents extractions of permanent teeth. (image 1)

Related: Lip Bumper

  1. Upper front teeth that "stick out" too much: the treatment objective is to improve the position of the front teeth to protect them from trauma. (image 2)
  1. Posterior crossbites (upper posterior teeth are inside the lower teeth): this situation consists of skeletal narrowness of the upper jaw. The treatment objective is to expand (widen) the upper jaw to provide normal relationship between the upper and lower posterior teeth and therefore prevent skeletal asymmetry of the lower jaw.
  1. Anterior crossbites (upper anterior teeth are behind the lower teeth): the treatment objective is to provide the normal relationship between the upper and lower anterior teeth to prevent any periodontal or severe skeletal discrepancy between the jaws, that might require surgical correction after the growth is completed.
  2. Premature loss of deciduous (baby) teeth: the treatment objective is to maintain (where it is needed) the space for the eruption of the permanent teeth to prevent severe crowding and impactions of permanent teeth.

Related: Space Mainteners - Lower Lingual Arch

  1. 6Skeletal Class III cases: these cases consist of a skeletal discrepancy that requires early intervention between the ages 6-11 in order to achieve a skeletal correction and prevent the problem from becoming worse, which will eventually require more complicated treatment.
Age one
First visit to the dentist at the latest|
Brushing teeth
Brushing teeth from age one = A treasure for your child's teeth|
No more than 3 sugary snacks per day|
Dummy sucking
Better stop between 2-4 years old|
Thumb sucking
If your child is above 4 years old and is still thumb sucking, then we can help you|
Dental prevention starts from pregnancy|
First tooth
First baby tooth erupts between 6/10 months|
Juices and soft drinks
Frequent consumption of juices and soft drinks can destroy your teeth fast|
Dental decay is the most frequent childhood disease|
Fluoride treatment
Fluoride treatments in the dental office twice a year can decrease dental decay by 40%!|
Sealants can save the molar teeth from dental decay|
Fluoride causes no harm in the correct dose|
Mouth breathing
Chronic mouth breathing can cause serious orthodontic problems|
First exam
First orthodontic exam at age 6-7 years old|
Orthodontic treatment
Orthodontic treatment is for all ages|
Dental phobia can be managed professionally|
Special needs
Children with special needs can find help in our office|