Malocclusion is not necessarily predictable, and it's not necessarily avoidable, either. However, with regular dental checkups and early orthodontic evaluation and (in some cases) treatment, your child may be able to avoid it in the future.
Dental Check Ups
A dentist should examine your child’s baby and permanent teeth on a regular basis as they erupt. Check ups should take place twice yearly, just as they do for adults. They're important for identifying and avoiding malocclusion problems as or before they develop, since they allow the dentist to monitor your child’s development, and determine if orthodontic intervention is necessary.
Along with a good hygiene routine at home, regular dental cleaning appointments will help keep primary teeth healthy. Primary teeth are very important to dental health because they act as placeholders and guides for the permanent teeth as they erupt. If they fall out too early as a result of decay, it could cause the permanent teeth to grow into the wrong positions, or at the wrong angles.
It’s important that children attend regular dental checkups and cleanings, as in some cases it can help them avoid needing orthodontic treatment later in life.
Early Orthodontic Intervention
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first orthodontic evaluation a child has should take place no later than at the age of 7. In certain cases, children as young as 2 or 3 can benefit from early evaluation.
Early evaluation will allow the orthodontist to identify problems before while they develop, and implement Early Interceptive Treatment (also known as Phase I Treatment).
Early treatment typically involves space maintainers, palatal expanders, TADs, or partial braces. It can can have a significant impact on whether your child will eventually need braces, and on how long treatment will take.