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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.
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.
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.
In addition to Invisalign, we offer the following types of braces:
Sometimes, your child’s smile needs a little extra help to grow - and that’s where functional appliances come in. We use these fixed and removable plates to help expand and shape your child’s jaw with gentle pressure.
Functional appliances work to correct issues beyond the misalignment of teeth. This shaping of your child’s jaws and dental arches can help prepare them for later treatment with fixed braces or aligners.
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.