Early Orthodontic Treatment &
Common Orthodontic Problems
5036 Yale Street
Metairie, LA 70006 Phone (504)-456-7874
61 Park Place Drive
Covington, LA 70433 Phone (985)-867-3636
Orthodontic Treatment for Children
Many children have orthodontic problems which develop at a young age. Parents
therefore want to know how early their children's orthodontic problems need to be
treated. Although most orthodontic problems are best treated with traditional
braces, some problems need to be treated as soon as they are noticed, no matter
how young a child is. Early age treatment ensures the greatest result and the
least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists
recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign
of child orthodontic problems or no later than age 7.
Early orthodontic treatment is effective and desirable in certain situations.
Some of the problems which do require early orthodontic treatment include:
A crossbite of the back teeth (posterior crossbite).
A crossbite of the adult front teeth (anterior crossbite, permanent
An extremely narrow upper dental arch (severe bilateral maxillary
Inadequate growth and development of the midface (midface hypoplasia).
Severe crowding which prevents the normal eruption of adult teeth.
Tipping of teeth which prevents the normal eruption of adult teeth.
A six-year molar which cannot erupt because it is caught underneath a baby
tooth (ectopic eruption of the first permanent molar).
Adult front teeth which are protruding excessively, and are therefore in
danger of being hit or traumatized (extremely flared maxillary incisors).
An adult tooth which is erupting in the wrong direction (ectopic canine
A front tooth having a much receded gum line due to its unfavorable position
in the arch (extreme gingival recession secondary to protrusion).
A child with a cleft palate who is about to have a bone graft done
(presurgical orthopedic expansion).