The relationship between a general dentist and a specialist orthodontist is vitally important in managing crowding, jaw discrepancies and other tooth alignment issues.
A good general dentist can spot developmental issues and organise management with the appropriate specialist before it is too late.
Generally speaking, the earlier an orthodontically problem is identified and treated, the less invasive or intensive the treatment may be.
Early intervention may involve ‘functional appliances’ such as plates or expanders, and can be introduced to orthodontic treatment plans before your child is 10 years old. This may eliminate the need for braces entirely, or at least reduce the chance that orthodontic treatment might involve tooth extractions, or even jaw surgery.