the goal of early treatment is to intercept the developing problem, eliminate the cause, guide the growth of facial and jaw bones, and provide adequate space for incoming permanent teeth

The kinds of problems orthodontists may recommend treating while a child still has some milk teeth include:

  1. Underbites – when the lower front teeth are ahead of the upper front teeth
  2. Cross-bite – when the jaw shifts to one side
  3. Very crowded teeth
  4. Excessively spaced teeth
  5. Extra or missing teeth
  6. Teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
  7. Thumb-, finger-, or pacifier- sucking that is affecting the teeth or jaw growth