Preventive orthodontic treatment in children is very important. Once a child has stopped growing, it is no longer possible to correct the maxilla and/or the jawbone. For this reason it is essential to do so at an early age.
A child’s first visit to the orthodontist should take place at about 6 years old as this is when the first adult first molars come through. It is the perfect moment to perform the first orthopantomography or x-ray of the mouth to assess possible problems.
At this age it is fundamental to assess is the size of the jaw. It is important to see whether the upper dental arch occludes above the lower arch, i.e. whether it closes seamlessly like a box.