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Ideally, orthodontists prefer to wait until most or all of the permanent (adult) teeth have erupted before starting comprehensive treatment.

However, one or more of the following problems may be an indication for interceptive (early) orthodontic treatment.

1. Posterior Crossbite

2. Anterior Crossbite Related to a Class III bite (Underbite)

3. Traumatic Occlusion / Bite

4. Prolonged Finger or Thumb Sucking Habit (after age 7)

5. Ectopic Eruption and Impacting Teeth

6. Esthetic Appearance of Teeth is Negatively Impacting Patient’s Self-Esteem

Information courtesy of:

Edward R. Altherr, DMD, MS, PA

1011 W. Williams St., Ste 101, Apex, NC 27502

(919) 363-2221

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