The goal of early intervention orthodontics is to guide the growth of a young child into a more normal direction. Many times young children show signs of a developing tooth alignment or bite issue. Some of these issues, such as underbites, crossbites, and severe crowding are better treated at a young age. Early treatment allows the child's teeth to erupt in a more normal bite relationship and better alignment. This can often minimize, or even eliminate, the need for braces or possible surgical treatment in the teenage years.