Many alignment problems are caused by incorrect habits, for example thumb sucking, an incorrect swallowing action, mouth breathing and others can move the teeth into unfavourable positions.
Correction of these problems with simple exercises will allow growth to naturally correct the tooth positions in many cases. These exercises should be attempted before expensive options such as braces and plates are considered. It is preferable that these exercises are taught at a young age.
One of Dr Vaughan's most appreciated appliances is the paddle pop stick. A simple action using the paddle pop stick, when used at the correct age, can save a lot of children from the need for later orthodontic treatment. The Practice philosophy is not to get people into treatment, but to try to get them out of treatment.