When should Pre-Orthodontic Treatment for Children be conducted?

Tien Chinh Nha (1)

Children can start pre-orthodontic treatment between the ages of 7 and 10. However, for certain cases such as crossbite, it is recommended to have the child evaluated at the age of 5 for timely treatment. Typically, the treatment duration ranges from 18 to 24 months and will support shorter and more effective treatment in the future.

The cases in which Pre-Orthodontic Treatment for Children is recommended include:

  • Malocclusions: Overbite, crossbite, underbite, open bite.
  • Crowded, overlapping, or spaced teeth.
  • Narrow jaw

Benefits of Pre-Orthodontic Treatment for Children

Early orthodontic treatment helps detect oral issues and ensures timely treatment, providing children with a more confident life and preventing oral diseases. Here are eight benefits of Pre-Orthodontic Treatment for Children:

  • Pre-Orthodontic Treatment for Children helps better determine the shape of permanent teeth. Early orthodontic treatment ensures that permanent teeth are properly aligned.
  • It corrects habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, which should be limited early on to avoid disrupting jaw development.
  • Shaping the developmental growth of the jaw early with permanent teeth erupting after the removal of baby teeth is beneficial because at that time, the jaw is still soft and can be easily reshaped.
  • It addresses biting issues such as overbite, crossbite, and underbite that cause pain and functional problems
  • Assisting in expanding the dental arch: Without this expansion process, a child’s teeth may grow crookedly or may not come in at all.
  • Reducing the risk of damage to protruding teeth: Orthodontic treatment for children and early intervention reduces the risk of tooth damage by properly aligning protruding teeth.
  • Lowering the risk of tooth decay and gum disease: Crowded teeth and weaker gums can result from serious bite alignment issues, which can lead to improper oral hygiene and, therefore, poor oral health.
  • Early orthodontic treatment improves the appearance and self-confidence of children.

Pre-Orthodontic Appliances at Greenfield Dental Clinic

At Greenfield, various orthodontic appliances are used in Pre-Orthodontic Treatment for Children, including:

These appliances help early correction of the canine teeth in cases of crowding or overbite. They can also adjust the length of the dental arch and be combined with other removable orthodontic appliances based on the bite or for attaching elastics, headgear, etc.

This appliance is used to bring the lower jaw forward or backward and is used to treat lower jaw-related dental issues.

Also known as a jaw expander, it is commonly used to avoid the need for tooth extraction before orthodontic treatment.

This is a supportive tool used to maintain the stability of teeth after orthodontic treatment, preventing relapse or crowding.

It is a specialized headgear used to correct the jaw and bite alignment without affecting the child’s development.

This external appliance helps in shaping the face and is particularly effective for customers with underdeveloped or overdeveloped upper jaws

These simple yet highly effective appliances are recommended as early as when a child begins to have permanent teeth in cases of overbite, allowing the upper jaw to develop symmetrically with the lower jaw.

These silicone-based appliances aim to bring the teeth back to the correct bite position. They are commonly used for children during the transitional phase from primary teeth to permanent teeth when the jaw is still in a developmental stage, making it easier to manipulate and saving time and costs compared to starting orthodontic treatment later.

Used to treat bad habits in children that lead to incorrect bone structure, such as thumb-sucking appliances or tongue-thrusting appliances.


Examination procedure


Comprehensive examination of the jaw, data collection, and appropriate treatment planning

The doctors will conduct a comprehensive examination, gather imaging data, take Cone Beam CT scans, and use the Itero 5D Plus intraoral scanner to diagnose and plan the treatment.


Doctors explain the condition of the teeth and the appropriate methods

After the dental scan and general examination, the doctors at Greenfield will discuss with the client (usually the parents of the child) to develop a suitable treatment plan and choose the appropriate orthodontic appliances (braces) for each individual case. They will also discuss the estimated treatment time, oral hygiene practices, and follow-up appointments.


Perform oral hygiene and prepare the appropriate orthodontic appliances (braces)


Proceed with the trial of orthodontic appliances or braces and monitor progress


Schedule regular follow-up appointments

Clients will have regular follow-up appointments as instructed by the doctor to assess the treatment progress and make any necessary adjustments. The doctors will also provide guidance on oral hygiene after each follow-up appointment.



After a certain number of follow-up appointments, the client will undergo a thorough re-evaluation, including a new dental scan. Based on this, the doctor will make refinements and adjustments to the orthodontic appliances or braces to ensure they are suitable for the client.

Why choose Pre-orthodontic treatment for children at Greenfield Dental Clinic?

At Greenfield Dental Clinic, we apply the most advanced technologies and have a team of experienced dentists in the field of orthodontics. When you come to Greenfield, you will experience a luxurious dental environment with separate waiting rooms and personalized consultations. We also provide beverage services and separate relaxation spaces for a complete dental experience.

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