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Early Treatment

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 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.

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