Sometimes it is necessary to intervene early when a severe enough problem is encountered in a child who still has baby teeth. With these particular issues correcting the issue immediately is preferred since allowing the problem to persist may cause other, more severe problems to develop. In many instances, the orthodontist has a small window of opportunity to guide a child’s growth and tooth eruption for a more favorable outcome.

Commonly seen problems in children and adolescents:

Severe crowding






Teeth not erupting normally

Posterior crossbite

(Crossbite of the back teeth)

Anterior crossbite

(Crossbite of the front teeth)

Thumb or digit habit

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