While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an Orthodontist can detect. Of course, the check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that can be comforting news. Even if a problem is detected , your orthodontist may not recommend immediate treatment. Chances are, your doctor will take a “wait and see” approach, checking on your child from time to time as the permanant teeth come in and the jaws and face continue to grow. In some cases, your orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from develooping, and make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Typically, early treatment involves the use of orthodontic appliances, which may be removable, to guide the growth of young bones and create a better environment for adult teeth as they emerge. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that would’nt be possible once the face and jaw have finished growing.