FAQ About Orthodontic Treatment for Growing Children
2. What are the benefits of early treatment?
For those patients who have clear indications for early orthodontic intervention, early treatment presents an opportunity to:
- guide the growth of the jaw,
- pursue more conservative treatment options
- regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches (the arch-shaped jaw bone that supports the teeth),
- guide incoming permanent teeth into desirable positions,
- lower risk of trauma (accidents) to protruded upper incisors (front teeth),
- correct harmful oral habits such as thumb- or finger-sucking,
- reduce or eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems,
- improve personal appearance and self-esteem,
- potentially simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later corrective orthodontics,
- reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth (teeth that should have come in, but have not), and
- preserve or gain space for permanent teeth that are coming in.