Is earlier treatment better?

Our philosophy is firstly to see if early treatment will show a lasting benefit or avoid the necessity for treatment later. If so, we try to get the maximum benefit with an early treatment within a 12 month period. 

If early intervention does not have a major benefit, we will not recommend it.  

Times we do early treatment may include:

Habit Therapy

Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting are some of the most common mouth habits in young children, and can cause open bites, speech anomalies, narrow palates, cross bites, crowding of lower from teeth and protrusion and spacing of upper front teeth.  Early treatment of these habits can help prevent a malocclusion getting worse and make definitive treatment easier.

Removable Plates and Simple Treatments

Sometimes a simple removable clear plate can be sufficient to correct minor orthodontic issues in a growing child. This might avoid or simplify a more expensive and involved treatment later in life.

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