Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children between 6-8 years old see an orthodontist. Some problems are easier to address in earlier stages.


The kinds of problems orthodontists may recommend treating while a child still has some baby teeth include:

Problems for early treatment.PNG
  • Excessively spaced teeth

  • Very crowded teeth

  • Open bites - teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all

  • Overbite - lower teeth are completely covered by the top teeth

  • Underbites – lower front teeth are ahead of the upper front teeth

  • Crossbites – jaw shifts to one side

  • Extra or missing teeth

  • Thumb-, finger-, or pacifier- sucking that is affecting the teeth or jaw growth


Contact us for a free consultation for your child. At this consultation, we will do one of the following: recommend no treatment, recommend future treatment once more baby teeth are lost, or recommend immediate treatment for one of the reasons above.

Treatment for these types of problems may be an appliance or a small number of braces on select teeth. Retainers may be indicated to hold the corrections until more permanent teeth erupt.