With the upper jaw forward other problems, such as protruding front teeth, may also be present. Protruding upper front teeth carry an increased risk for trauma but also can lead to some children being more self-conscious. If your child is concerned about their teeth and do not want to smile I would most certainly recommend a limited course of treatment to address this. In about 6 months the teeth can be brought back and your child can be confident in their smile!
The last type of early treatment I will discuss is habit intervention. The most common habit seen in children is thumb sucking. Almost all normal children engage in some sort of non-nutritive sucking habits of thumb or pacifier. As a general rule, these habits have no long-term effect if done while all the baby teeth are in. However, if this habit persists past the eruption of adult teeth problems such as flared front teeth, front teeth not touching when you bite together, and a narrow upper jaw can result. All of these problems can be corrected but there is no point in addressing them until the habit has stopped. If at home remedies and positive reinforcement have not worked there are ‘reminder’ appliances that can be placed so the child will likely stop their habit.