Orthodontics & Braces
Give your child the best lifetime smile
Giving your child the best chance of great dental health starts with healthy, straight teeth. An orthodontic assessment at age eight will ensure that your child’s dento-facial development is on the right track towards healthy, straight teeth.
Correctly positioned jaws and straight teeth means better function and aesthetics, and less risk of jaw joint pain, premature wear of teeth, tooth decay and gum disease (because straight teeth are easier to keep clean!). Additionally, ideal growth and positioning of the jaws will lower your child’s risk of sleep apnoea later in life.
Using current orthodontic techniques, many of these problems can be corrected while baby teeth are still present.
We address crowding without extracting teeth*
*in the majority of cases, pending assessment
Crowding of teeth has a cause. Rather than just treating the end result by taking out healthy adult teeth to make room, our clinicians will assess the cause of your child’s individual situation. Early, non-extraction treatment promotes ideal jaw growth, to create sufficient space for normal eruption of the adult teeth. This significantly reduces the need for more complex orthodontic treatment at a later stage, and in many cases, no further treatment is required. Therefore, where possible, we avoid extracting teeth. This is important, as extracting teeth may lead to further complications and undesired outcomes such as a weaker jawline, loose skin under the chin and joint pain. It may also worsen pre-existing airway issues.
Our team will complete a thorough examination, taking into consideration your concerns and goals, to determine the most effective solution, and the most appropriate time to commence treatment.
Contact us to discuss how we can realign and improve your child’s teeth today.
What treatment is best suited to children or teens?
Your child’s teeth can be significantly improved using a wide range of orthodontic solutions including braces, plates and Invisalign. Each mouth and set of teeth is different; therefore, we complete a comprehensive assessment before providing you with a customised orthodontic treatment plan for your child.
What’s the difference between braces and Invisalign?
Braces involve the use of brackets and wires to pull teeth into position. Invisalign uses custom-made, clear aligners that are worn day and night, but removed during eating, drinking and brushing.
Braces require careful cleaning and maintenance, are bonded to the teeth. Both courses of treatment can be tailored to suit your child’s needs.
Certain tooth movements, such as the correction of ‘bite problems’, are more predictable with fixed appliances such as braces. In more complex cases, or where compliance may be an issue, braces are more suitable. Ultimately, both methods are highly effective ways to give your teen or child a straight, glowing smile.
Not sure if your child needs their teeth realigned, or don’t know how to go about it? Come and see us to discuss which option is the most appropriate.
Quick initial consultations for busy people.
We offer complimentary, no-obligation 10-minute consultations* to all of our first-time patients.