We recommend orthodontic treatment begin as early as 8 or 9-years-old in order to prevent a variety of orthodontic issues from becoming more complex. This is in alignment with advice from the Australian Society of Orthodontists. Early treatment provides the opportunity for a two-phase treatment programme that helps ensure a healthy smile and an attractive facial profile. The first phase of orthodontic treatment is prior to the eruption of all permanent teeth; the second phase is in the teen years.
To determine the orthodontic needs of your child, please contact our office to make an appointment for an initial evaluation. At this appointment, we will examine your child’s mouth, teeth, and facial profile. We will take photographs, x-rays and impressions (moulds) of your child’s teeth to further evaluate his or her bite. These impressions are used to create a digital model of the bite, teeth and surrounding structures.
All of the information collected at your first appointment is reviewed and analysed by the orthodontist. A second appointment will also be made to discuss the details of your treatment plan, including length of treatment, what kind of orthodontic appliances will be involved and the cost.
A properly aligned bite is healthy and attractive
A variety of issues can be diagnosed at a young age. These include cross bites, where the teeth of the upper jaw do not align with the teeth of the lower jaw, or an open bite, where the upper and lower jaw do not come together when the mouth is closed. We can also determine if a child’s mouth will have enough space to accommodate all of his or her adult teeth.
If the mouth does not have enough space to accommodate all of the adult teeth, in some cases we can expand the palate to create more room for future teeth using an orthodontic appliance. This may prevent the need to extract teeth later. The appliance is usually cemented in place and is typically worn for 9 months.
We can also diagnose and address issues that affect the shape of the face and jaw, such as mouth breathing, thumb and finger sucking.
Even young children can wear braces. Braces, which are a very effective method of straightening teeth, consist of brackets, an archwire and elastics. Treatment time varies according to the client's needs, but the average time in braces for the first phase of treatment is 12 months.
For more information about wearing braces and other orthodontic appliances, please refer to our Client Info section.
Sleep Apnea in children
- Poor performance at school
- Mouth breathing
- Irritability or mood changes
- Developmental and/or growth problems
- Behavioural problems
Jaw discrepancies (narrow and small) have been shown to be a potential cause of sleep apnea in children. While the jaw and bones are still growing, it is possible to manipulate jaw development to provide a more desirable and comfortable tooth and bite position. In a lot of cases this can be achieved by wearing plates and can often avoid the need for more drastic measures later in life. The use of plates in your child’s mouth can expand narrow dental arches, correct mal-positioned or small jaws, and bring bites into the correct position.
When to visit a kids' orthodontist
There's no set age for seeing a kids orthodontist, but the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends you take your child for an orthodontic check up around the age of seven or eight. This allows our orthodontic team to identify any potential issues early and develop an appropriate course of treatment before any major issues occur. Children who require braces can start their treatment as early as eight or nine, but we often see children right through their teenage years.
Braces and Invisalign for kids
At Smile Team, we fit both braces and Invisalign for kids. Invisalign is becoming a more popular option for children, especially kids who prefer a more discreet solution; kids who are physically active or accident prone, as it's safe to wear during sports without risk of cutting or bruising lips; and kids who are nervous about seeing a dental professional as it just requires a scan and a few painless attachments. Invisalign is also much easier to keep clean than braces are. However, not all situations can be treated with Invisalign and if traditional braces are the way to go, we have a great colour selection to make the process more enjoyable.
Braces and Invisalign cost
The overall cost of braces or Invisalign will depend on each child's needs. Most orthodontic treatments require regular visits so we can track the progress and make adjustments as necessary. While some may be able to achieve the smile they want within six months of treatment, others can take up to two years. We will work with you to determine the most cost-effective option to suit your budget. Payment plan options are also available, speak to us to find out more.
Other types of braces
In addition to Invisalign, we offer the following types of braces:
Traditional braces: These braces feature tooth brackets and an arched wire that applies pressure to correct your child's smile.
Clear braces: These work in the same way as traditional braces, but they feature tooth-coloured fittings supported by a matching wire to make them more discreet.
Lingual: Lingual braces are as discreet as Invisalign, as they rest behind your child's teeth so they can't be seen. This makes them especially popular with older children and teens.
Why choose Smile Team?
At Smile Team, our kids' orthodontists have had first-class training and they use the best and latest technology that lets them deliver an excellent level of service. We make sure your child's comfort is a priority so they are happy with their orthodontic treatment.
To learn more about what we do, contact us here or call 1800 7 6453 8326 today.