Greensboro, NC (North Carolina), Orthodontist Alison J. McMillian
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It's best for the orthodontist to see
children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic
treatment is required and the best time
for that patient to be treated. The first
permanent molars and incisors have usually
come in by that time and crossbites, crowding
and other problems can be evaluated. When
treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide
the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth.
Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.