Early Intervention Orthodontics
It is recommended children have an orthodontic consultation around the age of seven. At this stage in a child’s development we can identify any potential orthodontic problems which may arise in the future.
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DR CHRIS ZAYED worked for over 5 years at the No Brace Centre where he gained extensive knowledge in the treatment of early intervention orthodontics. He has brought these skills with him to Dentology Dental Care.
If your child is currently undergoing early intervention orthodontic treatment and you would like a second opinion or the treatment is yet to finish, please contact us at Dentology Dental Care and we can offer a FREE consultation.
Why does early orthodontic treatment make sense?
Some children display early signs of minor orthodontic irregularities. In such cases, our dentists might choose to monitor the situation over time without providing intervention. However, for children who display severe orthodontic irregularities, early orthodontic treatment can provide many benefits, including:
- Enhanced self-confidence and aesthetic appearance
- Increased likelihood of proper jaw growth
- Increased likelihood of properly aligned and spaced adult teeth
- Reduced risk of bruxing (grinding of teeth)
- Reduced risk of childhood cavities, periodontal disease, and tooth decay
- Reduced risk of impacted adult teeth.
- Reduced risk of protracted orthodontic treatments in later years
- Reduced risk of speech problems
- Reduced risk of tooth, gum, and jawbone injury
When can my child begin early orthodontic treatment? Our dentists recognise three age-related stages of orthodontic treatment. These stages are described in detail below:
Stage 1: Early treatment (2-6 years old)
Early orthodontic treatment aims to guide and regulate the width of both dental arches. The main goal of early treatment is to provide enough space for the permanent teeth to erupt correctly. Good candidates for early treatment include: children who have difficulty biting properly, children who lose baby teeth early, children whose jaws click or grind during movement, bruxers, and children who use the mouth (as opposed to the nose and mouth) to breathe.During the early treatment phase, our dentists works with parents and children to eliminate orthodontically harmful habits, like excessive pacifier use and thumb sucking. The dentist may also provide one of a variety of dental appliances to promote jaw growth, hold space for adult teeth (space maintainers), or to prevent the teeth from “shifting” into undesired areas.
Stage 2: Middle dentition (6-12 years old)
The goals of middle dentition treatments are to realign wayward jaws, to start to correct crossbites, and to begin the process of gently straightening misaligned permanent teeth. Middle dentition marks a developmental period when the soft and hard tissues are extremely pliable. In some ways therefore, it marks an optimal time to begin to correct a severe malocclusion.Again, the dentist may provide the child with a dental appliance. Some appliances (like braces) are fixed and others are removable. Regardless of the appliance, the child will still be able to speak, eat, and chew in a normal fashion. However, children who are fitted with fixed dental appliances should take extra care to clean the entire oral region each day in order to reduce the risk of staining, decay, and later cosmetic damage.Stage 3: Adolescent dentition (13+ years old)
Stage 3: Adolescent dentition (13+ years old)
Adolescent dentition is what springs to most parents’ minds when they think of orthodontic treatment. Some of the main goals of adolescent dentition include straightening the permanent teeth and improving the aesthetic appearance of the smile.