At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

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Cosmetic and Restorative Care
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At what age should my child see an orthodontistThis is one of the most common questions our practitioners are asked and the answer is an easy one.

No age is too young for an orthodontic assessment and there is never a time too soon for a specialist orthodontist to put your mind at ease.

When should orthodontic treatment start?

The Australian Society of Orthodontics recommends a first assessment by a board-registers specialist orthodontist at around the age of 6 or 7 years, as this is the age at which the first of the adult teeth typically appear and when some development problems may require attention.

Treatment for young children is usually aimed at dealing with functional problems that immediately threaten the health of the teeth.

A proactive approach may alleviate the need for orthodontic extractions; eradicate the need altogether, or may shorten and simplify the orthodontic braces treatment required later on.

The conditions that we treat in early childhood are problems of tooth eruption, cross-bites, severe overcrowding, jaw growth problems, snoring and thumb sucking.

Wearing braces and teeth extractions

The most common questions we are asked are in relation to the necessity of wearing braces in general and the need for teeth extractions as part of teeth straightening. Some general dentists who dabble in this highly specialised field, claim to use “new othopaedic” methods and appliances for treating crooked teeth that do not involve braces and extractions and are marketed as better than “traditional orthodontics” for the facial aesthetics.

Our specialist orthodontists also offer such methods, especially if given the opportunity to assess your child at a younger age.

At Smile Solutions, your child will meet with a Dental Board-registered specialist orthodontist and an experienced treatment coordinator who will ensure you and your child receive optimum care and advice. This consultation is complimentary and will be approximately one hour in duration.

Please call one of our friendly staff to book an appointment.

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