Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children in South Lake
The Benefits of Children’s Orthodontics
1.) It creates more space for adult teeth
2.) Improves facial structure
3.) Improve self-confidence
4.) Minimise the risk of tooth decay
why Choose South Lake Smiles for Early Orthodontic Treatment for your child
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frequently Asked questions about orthodontic treatment for children
Generally, it’s a good idea to have a child’s orthodontics evaluated by the age of seven.
Usually, it’s ideal to begin dental braces treatment when a child has lost the majority of their baby (primary) teeth and the majority of their adult (permanent) teeth have grown in – typically between the ages of eight and fourteen. If treatment is required at this stage, interceptive or preventive care can use your child’s growth to influence the targeted result while development occurs.
- If your child has difficulty chewing or biting, this could be an indication of misaligned teeth or jaws. Misalignments can be subtle, and you may not see them from the front view of your child’s mouth.
- Teeth grinding can be an indication of misalignment and, by delaying treatment, can damage teeth and shift the jaw, causing more complications over time.
- Teeth that are crowded, misaligned, or obstructed. Teeth that are too close together or overlap might cause improper care and cause mouth breathing or lisps.
- If they have bite issues such as an underbite, overbite, or crossbite.
- Baby teeth that fall out early, late, or in an irregular pattern. Baby teeth that are lost too soon can cause adjacent teeth to move into the empty gaps before adult teeth grow in. Tooth loss that occurs too late can also result in alignment and spacing issues.
- If you notice your child breathing through their mouth.
- Difficulty pronouncing certain letters or words, such as pronouncing the letters S and R.
Your child’s teeth, mouth, and jaw will be thoroughly examined at the first visit by the dentist. Your child may be asked to bite their teeth together, and whether they have ever experienced jaw clicking or popping.
The dentist may perform dental x-rays of the mouth and teeth to determine how the teeth are positioned and if any permanent teeth are still missing. They may also make a mould or impression of your child’s teeth by pressing a tray of sticky material onto your child’s top and bottom teeth. When the mould is removed and the material hardens, a replica of your child’s teeth is created, allowing the orthodontist to determine which effective treatment options are ideal for your child.
Orthodontic problems can be a major concern and reason for other dental problems, such as extensive tooth decay, gum disease, and plaque buildup since the teeth are difficult to keep clean.
Moreover, a few orthodontic issues may also lead to chewing and speech difficulties and enamel erosion.
Orthodontic treatments can be quite expensive in Australia. So, it may be a good idea to check with your health insurance provider whether they have coverage available for your child’s orthodontics.
The actual cost is determined by several factors, including the assessment, type of orthodontic treatment, the complexity of the condition. The average cost of traditional metal braces may range between $6,000 to $9,000.