Early intervention in young children often enables the resolution or simplification of many types of malocclusions. Orthodontics does not only serve to "straighten" the teeth, but also to guide the development of the maxillary bones and to correct any abnormalities in dental implants.
Choosing to intervene early on patient growth can enable the optimization of the final outcome and may reduce the risks at an older age, when permanent teeth are extracted or during orthodontic surgeries. However, it is not always necessary to intervene early.
Some dental misalignments, evident at age 8 or 9, can be treated at the end of the development period of the gums, if the conditions of skeletal growth and dental occlusion and aesthetic conditions of the smile allow it. The orthodontist establishes the best time for orthodontic therapy and the number of stages required for completion on a case by case basis.