Early Orthodontic Treatment
Early orthodontic treatment is an important aspect of your child’s oral and dental care. We discuss what it is, its importance, and how it can benefit your child.
Early Orthodontic Treatment at AAA Orthodontics, Brisbane
AAA Orthodontics in Brisbane provides superior treatment for your little ones so that they can always flash their best smile.
Many parents are now realising the importance of early orthodontic treatment and how it can result in fewer dental problems during adolescence and adulthood.
Despite its importance, early orthodontic treatment is not for every child, which is why it is important to work with a trusted orthodontist who can offer you the best advice.
Our trained professionals are capable of offering excellent advice regarding early orthodontic treatment for your child and will guide you in making the best treatment choices for your child’s teeth.
What is Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment (or interceptive treatment) refers to dental treatment and oral care for children from as young as 7 or 8 years old.
Early orthodontics usually make use of orthodontic appliances rather than braces, since treatment usually begins before all your child’s permanent teeth have come in (however, treatment may vary according to your child’s teeth).
This treatment focuses on developing the underlying bones supporting the teeth. This means that once the permanent teeth erupt, they have space to grow correctly. This treatment is also concerned with the upper and lower jaws, how they work together, and correcting any issues or deficiencies regarding their growth.
The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
There are many benefits to getting your child early orthodontic treatment from AAA Orthodontics in Brisbane.
Interceptive treatment takes advantage of that period in your child’s life when their jaws are still developing. Dental issues such narrow jaws, jaw size discrepancies, and crowded teeth can easily be addressed at this young age.
By this age (6-8 years old), your child’s teeth and jaws are still in the developmental phase. This makes it much easier for your orthodontist to identify any potential or developing problems such as crooked, crowded or misplaced teeth, overbites, underbites, and early or late loss of baby teeth. These dental problems can be corrected with early orthodontic treatment since this treatment occurs during that fragile time when your child’s teeth are more susceptible to change.
Early orthodontic treatment can correct many common orthodontic problems properly aligning your child’s teeth and jaws. In some cases, braces may be used to improve conditions and may also be needed again later on in life.
If no further treatment is required, treatment time will be shorter giving your child the opportunity to correct their dental issues before they even begin high school.
An early prognosis by your orthodontist will help understand how your child’s permanent teeth will develop so we can begin implementing treatments (if necessary) to correct issues. These include:
- Correcting bite problems (over and under).
- Helping accommodate emerging teeth by guiding the growth of the jaws.
- Reducing the risk of damaging emerging teeth.
- Overcoming bad habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting which can cause dental issues.
- Guiding permanent teeth are into desirable positions as they begin erupting.
- Reducing (or eliminating) abnormal swallowing or speech problems.
- Reducing the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.
- Reducing airway disturbance, including snoring and sleep apnoea.
- Using orthodontic devices to improve your child’s smile, overall experience, and self-esteem.
- Possibly cutting down on the need for further treatment later on, saving you time and money.
Does My Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment begins with an evaluation (at around 7 years of age) during which your orthodontist will examine your child’s teeth, jaws, and mouth looking for any potential problems.
You can identify certain issues your child may be experiencing which could indicate the need for early orthodontic treatment such as:
- The early (or late) loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing, biting, or eating
- Mouth breathing
- Snoring or sleep apnoea
- Thumb/finger sucking, or pacifier use beyond 3-4 years of age
- Crooked, crowded, or spaced teeth
- Jaws that shift or pop
- Frequent biting on the inside of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Speech pathology
AAA Orthodontics in Brisbane
AAA Orthodontics in Brisbane is dedicated to helping your child get the best smile they can.
We offer various orthodontic treatments to help correct any dental problems or habits your child may have. The sooner these issues are remedied, the less damage they can cause (and the less treatment you child may need in the future).
These problems however, are not always easy to recognise which is why it is important to take your child to see an orthodontist at a young age.
Whilst not every child will require actual treatment at a young age, early orthodontic treatment is designed to help identify potential problems so a that a customised treatment plan can be created and implemented when the time is right.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about early orthodontic treatment for your child, book an appointment with us today by calling 07 3325 0255 or completing the form on our Contact Us page.