Why are so many young children in braces today?

When needed, Dr. Staples will initiate early, or interceptive, treatment in children who do not yet have all of their permanent teeth. Starting early enables him to take advantage of their growth in order to achieve a better long-term result. Not all children need interceptive treatment and Dr. Staples will suggest waiting, unless a cosmetic improvement is desired by the parents. Some common goals of early treatment include creating enough space for all of the permanent teeth to erupt, and correcting an imbalance in growth between the upper and lower jaws.

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