Often there is reason for very young children to be seen by an orthodontic specialist. Although most children do not have treatment until all their baby teeth have been lost, in some cases early treatment is necessary for an immediate problem or to prevent or reduce a developing problem. Most children who have early treatment still require braces when the permanent teeth have emerged however the amount of work is lessened and in some cases, eliminated altogether. A child of eight years of age has enough teeth and enough jaw development for an orthodontist to quite accurately assess whether or not orthodontic treatment will be required in the future.
Generally, early orthodontic treatment is kept to a minimum because of the likelihood of further treatment being necessary later. No patient wants early treatment for something that can be more easily fixed when the permanent teeth are through.
Mostly removable appliances are used for early treatment and the usual problems requiring this are crossbites of the front or back teeth, thumb-sucking habits and regaining or holding spaces following the early loss of baby teeth.
Dr. Rajasekaran strongly recommends a product called Mavala Stop. This is available online, and we have recommended it for years to our patients’ families with thumb habits. We have seen patients who have had a thumb habit for upwards of 14 years, stop within weeks just by using this product.* Come in to our office and we can give you the tools you need to stop an orthodontic problem before it becomes worse.
* Dr. Rajasekaran is not linked to nor endorsed by this Mavala or any of its subsidiaries, this information is his personal opinion.