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Early Orthodontic Treatment – When Is the Right Time to Start?

On certain types of tooth malocclusion, it is best to start when a growth of abnormality is recognized. Early treatment, usually begins after the four permanent upper and lower teeth have shown (ages 7-9) specially when the first molars are also in full eruption.

Timely treatment may provide certain advantages like: improvement of upper and lower jaws, allowing normal future growth and development, enhancement of facial appearance and self-esteem, prevent unfavorable oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, nail and lip biting), avoid and reduce the need for the removal of permanent teeth and many other benefits.
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Orthodontist’s Responsibility

As orthodontists, our responsibility is to get quality programs with responsible and knowledgeable instructors. A program that includes enough hours to get the dentist to a high standard of care. Orthodontics is not a hit and run section of dentistry. Orthodontics is an ongoing process and patients will mature with us. In orthodontics, the learning process will go on all life.

Goals and Objectives in Orthodontics

Common Goals and Objectives in Orthodontic Treatment
1. Create and provide sufficient space for erupting upper canines.
2. Eliminate crowding and dental malpositions
3. Establish proper tooth relations, maintain Class I relationship.
4. Establish correct overbite and overjet.
5. Improve facial appearance.