During a routine exam, for example, your dentist may be able to determine if the child's jaws are growing properly and at the same rate. An array of symptoms, such as jaws that shift easily or make popping sounds, teeth that do not match up properly when biting, and other indicators may call for a more detailed orthodontic exam.
Early Treatment for a Lifetime of Great Teeth
Catching these problems while your child is young helps avoid a host of more serious issues, such as impacted teeth, as well as lengthy, more costly orthodontic treatment in later life. In addition, starting treatment at a young age helps prevent soft tissue or palate injuries from protruding teeth, and puts a stop to bad habits such as thumb- or finger sucking.
Difficulties in breathing, speaking, swallowing, or eating may also be corrected. Proper orthodontic treatment also creates space for newly erupting or future teeth, and helps glide the teeth and jaws gently into their correct positions.