Early treatment is designed to intercept or prevent a developing bite problem that if left untreated, would ultimately result in the child having a more difficult problem or a compromised result in the future.
Early (or interceptive) treatment is the initiation of orthodontic treatment prior to the eruption of all the permanent teeth.
Treatment may involve a palatal expander, braces, or removable appliances designed to create room for erupting teeth, prevent tooth extraction, correct an a bite problem, or help a child break a habit which may be moving teeth in an adverse manner (e.g. thumb-sucking).
Early orthodontic problems are usually picked up during routine dental check-ups and the parents are then advised to contact a Specialist Orthodontist.
Most children do not need early treatment, but when indicated, interceptive treatment is effective and the results are impressive.