Early treatment – when earlier is better!
In cases of very pronounced malocclusion or jaw misalignment, early loss of the milk teeth or instances of habits that may damage the teeth (e.g. thumb or finger sucking) starting treatment as early as during the first stages of mixed dentition (i.e. when the permanent incisors erupt between 6 and 8 years of age) may be advisable..
The primary goal of early treatment is not to achieve ‘perfect’ tooth position and occlusion, but rather to rectify undesirable developments at an early stage and prevent further deterioration.
Early orthodontic treatment usually takes between 1 and 1.5 years and is normally performed using removable braces. This is often followed by main orthodontic treatment after a break of several years.