Orthodontics for Children & Teenagers

The ideal age for your child's first orthodontic assessment is age 7, as put forward by the Australian Orthodontic Society. 

 

Sometimes early detection, diagnosis and treatment of a dental or skeletal problem are in the best interests of your child.

 

The methodology behind early intervention may be to assist growth, correct abnormal airways and monitor bite development. This is so we can minimise the impact of atypical growth on the adult face and dentition and potentially reduce the need for future complex treatment.

 

 

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How to tell if your child needs assessment:

 

  • Early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth
  • Prolonged finger and thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting
  • Difficulty in speaking, breathing, chewing or swallowing
  • Crossbites, open bites, overbites or underbites
  • Dysfunctional jaw movement (TMJ disorders)
  • Mouth breathing