Many parents are concerned about their child’s dental and facial development and need specialist advice regarding their orthodontic needs. Not sure what age is best to begin? It is recommended by the Australian Society of Orthodontics for a child to have an orthodontic assessment around the age of 7.
An early assessment is useful to determine whether your child would benefit from any orthodontic treatment while they are young. Between the ages of 7-10 is the ideal time for early interceptive treatment to correct jaws which are mismatched in size. Young, growing jaws are easier to manipulate than adults. Our specialist orthodontists are highly trained to pinpoint a child’s orthodontic problems from a young age, even if they are subtle.
With appropriate early interceptive treatment, we can:
- Reduce the risk of dental trauma if teeth protrude.
- Preserve natural spaces where baby teeth have been lost early.
- Correct a detrimental habit such as thumb-sucking or finger chewing.
- Avoid the need for jaw surgery in some cases.
- Simplify and shorten future orthodontic treatment. Many children who have had early treatment will also benefit from having a second phase of orthodontic treatment once all the adult teeth have erupted.
Once your child has been examined, the orthodontist will recommend and explain if any early intervention is required. If your child is not ready to begin treatment, we will place them in our “Continuing Care Programme”. These patients will see our orthodontists regularly for complimentary growth and dental development checks. These checks allow our orthodontists to watch the growth of the patient closely, giving them to opportunity to treat them at the ideal time.
We do not treat every 7-10 year old! In many cases, it is simpler and just as effective to wait until further dental development occurs, and address their orthodontic issues in a single phase of treatment.
Early treatment is usually relatively simple and is often performed while many baby teeth are still present. There are a range of devices that we use in young children. To find out more, please click on the icons below: