Orthodontic treatment corrects crowding or other bite problems. Most orthodontic therapy is done around 10-12 years. However, more treatment is being done when adult teeth first appear (age 6-7 years) and even earlier for some bite problems in the baby dentition (crossbite).

Early treatment has many benefits:

  • Remove interference to proper jaw development

  • Harmonise upper and lower jaw growth and development

  • Improve direction of tooth eruption

  • Decrease risk of trauma to protruded front teeth

  • Remove traumatic bite positions to front teeth

  • Correct harmful bite habits

  • Improve aesthetics and self-esteem

  • Simplify and/or reduce treatment time for later orthodontic therapy

  • Reduce the chance for impacted permanent teeth

  • Improve some speech problems

  • Preserve space for the permanent teeth