When to start the treatment and why?

Orthodontic treatment is essential for a good quality of life and well-being. When started in a timely manner, it can provide more long-term benefits to patients and prevent future oral health-related problems.

It is ideal that treatment begins as soon as changes are observed in the child's bite, which occurs on average at age 5. This is necessary to prevent the malocclusion from evolving and the need for late treatment. Mainly because in the future it may be more complicated to treat, the treatment costs may be higher, the treatment time may be longer, and the patient may even have to undergo orthognathic surgery.

Thus, the sooner treatment is started and the sooner the patient is followed up by a professional who can make an accurate diagnosis possible, the better the result will be.

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