Early treatment - setting your child up for success

Early orthodontic treatment can help us to detect - and even intercept - orthodontic issues before they begin. Between the ages of 7 and 9, many of your child’s adult teeth have erupted, and we are able to assess their smile to prevent potential issues down the line.

Early interceptive treatment can:

  • Create room for crowded or incoming teeth
  • Establish facial symmetry
  • Reduce the need for future tooth extraction
  • Shorten or simplify later orthodontic treatments
  • Improve speech or bite issues
  • Prevent premature wear on the teeth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth

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What treatments are available for my child?

If Dr Mike determines that your child could benefit from early interceptive treatment, there are a couple of approaches we can take. We can help your child’s smile through:

Invisalign® First - We will issue a series of custom-made, smooth, clear plastic trays called ‘aligners’ that fit snugly over your child’s smile. These aligners are designed to develop your child’s dental arch, and retain space for incoming teeth. Invisalign® clear aligners are removable, so treatment shouldn’t interfere with their regular eating and oral hygiene routines.

Braces for children - Occasionally, we may choose to use partial braces to help straighten your child’s smile if their case is complex. Your child can benefit from braces even if their adult teeth haven’t all grown in.

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At what age should my child see a Specialist Orthodontist?

The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist at the age of 7. At this age, your child’s permanent molars have started to grow in, and their back bite has been established. This gives Dr Mike the ability to guide the growth of your child’s jaw, and correct the alignment of their current and incoming teeth. It is easier to make orthodontic adjustments when your child’s jaw is still growing.

While your child might not need orthodontic treatment at this stage, it allows Dr Mike to monitor the growth of their teeth and begin treatment at the opportune time. Catching orthodontic issues early on can prevent more involved treatments from becoming necessary later in your child’s life.

Early treatment

Give your child the gift of a beautiful smile

Bring your child in for an orthodontic assessment to see if they could benefit from early interceptive treatment with Invisalign® First or braces. We may not need to start any treatment, but we can catch future problems in advance, and work together to plan for your child’s orthodontic success.

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