Dr. Mele has hundreds of hours of training in growth and development of the jaws and teeth. Children exams include the evaluation of the jaw size in relationship to tooth size and the relationship between one jaw to the other jaw (Do the jaws fit together properly?) When discrepancies occur, interceptive functional treatments with comfortable, colorful appliances that the children love to show to their friends, are implemented at an early age (6 years to 11 years). The jaw can be stimulated to grow to allow for the space needed for their permanent adult teeth to come in, thus preventing crowding and eliminating or reducing the time and expense of braces.
Other important benefits to early treatment are: