Early Treatment

Early Treatment
Sometimes treatment is recommended to begin early, when there is a mixture of baby teeth and adult teeth.  Early treatment may be indicated to help with:
  • Adjusting the width of the dental arches
  • Gaining space for permanent teeth
  • Avoiding the need for permanent tooth extractions
  • Reducing likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
  • Eliminating thumb or finger sucking habits
  • Addressing abnormal swallowing (tongue thrusting)
  • Guiding the growth of the jaws and erupting permanent teeth to help eliminate or minimize future orthodontic problems.
Dr. DeHaan’s early treatment usually lasts about one year, followed by observation visits while the adult teeth erupt and the face and jaws grow.  His goal is to treat to what will eventually become a beautiful smile in an adult face!