How soon can my child have orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment for children tackles issues with teeth alignment and incorrect bite, and prevents these from developing or worsening as permanent teeth grow.

However, many parents wonder how early such treatment can begin.

Orthodontists seek to minimise the complications which could arise in later life. There are two stages of early life treatment.

Phase I Treatment (Early orthodontic treatment)

The jaw of a child between 6 and 10 years old is much more easily positioned correctly, and the orthodontist will also be able to see how the permanent teeth will develop. Therefore, corrective treatment is less of a challenge. Concerns might be: overcrowding, crossbites, overbites, underbites, or impacted teeth.

Phase II Treatment

This is for children of 12 or 13 years of age, and may well involve braces or clear aligners to straighten teeth and maintain a healthy jaw. 

The Process

An initial consultation will allow the orthodontist to check for any issues through an oral examination and xrays. Preparation for Phase II may involve tooth extraction, educating your child about oral hygiene, or a palatal expander.

If your child is 7 or older and you want to be fully aware of any concerns and the implications, then please book a consultation at The Mall. Your child may not need any treatment, but you will have peace of mind with the knowledge you have gained from a professional who is there to help your child and you.

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