It is a myth that orthodontic treatment/ braces are only given to teenagers/ adults.
The truth is children should undergo an orthodontic evaluation before they turn 7 years old. Malocclusion/bad bite can be identified as early as when the child is 2 years old.
Preventive orthodontics is usually applied used 2-6 years of age even before any signs of misalignment appear in the oral cavity.
Early orthodontic treatment/interceptive treatment is done when some of the primary teeth are still present in the mouth.
These include measures that are taken after a malocclusion has already been set in the oral cavity.
These measures aim at:
Maintaining space when there is an early milk tooth loss.
Correcting thumb-sucking habits in children over 5 yrs. of age.
Crowded milk teeth
Correcting a developing crossbite
Protruding upper front teeth
Protruding / asymmetric lower jaw
Appropriate orthodontic intervention can prevent damage from being done to the front teeth and/or gums and prevent premature wear of the teeth.