Smiles of the Future: Early Treatment at Bala Smiles


Why Early Treatment?

Early treatment, also known as interceptive or Phase I treatment, is designed to intervene in the growing stages of a child’s dental development. Although many children may not need early intervention, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic check-up at age 7, or even earlier if an orthodontic problem is detected. This approach allows us to detect and address potential issues before they become more complex, providing numerous benefits:

Common Issues Addressed with Early Orthodontic Treatment:

  • Crossbites: In growing children, the upper jaw can be widened using orthodontic appliances, allowing for predictable crossbite correction.
  • Underbites: At early ages, orthodontic appliances can be used to influence jaw growth and achieve a proper bite relationship and facial balance.
  • Open bites: Open bites are often related to an underlying skeletal component or habit that can best be addressed at an early age.
  • Crowding: Early treatment can guide jaw growth and create space for adult teeth, reducing the potential need for extractions in order to achieve straight teeth.
  • Thumb-Sucking and Oral Habits: Intervention during early childhood can help break harmful habits that may impact dental development.
  • Protruding Front Teeth: Early orthodontic care can address protruding front teeth, reducing the risk of injury, enhancing facial esthetics, and improving confidence.



Benefits of Early Treatment at Bala Smiles:

  • Prevention of Future Problems: Early treatment helps prevent the development of more severe orthodontic issues, reducing the need for extensive treatment in the future.
  • Guiding Jaw Growth: By influencing jaw development at an early age, we can correct bite issues skeletally and promote proper alignment, contributing to a harmonious facial profile.
  • Creating Space for Permanent Teeth: Addressing crowding or spacing concerns early can create ample room for permanent teeth to emerge naturally, minimizing the need for extractions later on.
  • Improving Facial Harmony: Early orthodontic intervention can positively impact a child’s facial aesthetics, fostering a balanced and harmonious appearance.
  • Boosting Confidence: Addressing orthodontic concerns early can have a positive impact on a child’s self-esteem, ensuring they feel confident in their smiles as they grow.



Early orthodontic treatment at Bala Smiles is an investment in your child’s future smile. By addressing potential issues during the formative years, we aim to create a foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health and confidence.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bala to explore if your child’s smile can benefit from early treatment.

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