Early Orthodontic Treatment (7-11 years old)
According to the American Association of Orthodontists all children should have an orthodontic check-up around the age of 7. Early diagnosis of skeletal problems, facial disharmonies and space problems is of major importance for an optimum treatment outcome. Orthopaedic treatment is applied to correct problems associated with the jaw’s bone structure and the face. This kind of treatment is unique as it can redirect the growth of the jaws depending on the nature of the problem. There is a variety of orthopaedic appliances and orthodontic treatments available for early treatment. Maxillary expansion achieves the widening of narrow upper arch. Facemask corrects negative overjet by protraction of the maxilla, and Twinblock achieves mandibular advancement for retrusive mandible. Braces are also used in some cases of children when they appear to have severe space problems.