Early Orthodontics for Kids

Have one of our dentists check your child’s teeth early!

 

Starting the process of orthodontic correction early can be extremely beneficial for your child. A consultation and assessment as young as 7 years old can improve the chances of avoiding full orthodontic treatment later on.

At Fraser Dental we are happy to take a look at children as young as 5 years old, especially to assess breathing patterns, which can have a lasting effect on the shape of your child’s jaw. Children who breathe from their mouths rather than their noses can develop major problems as their jaw and teeth grow. We like to start early with children around 7 or 8 years old so we can assess any issues early, and many of these children are treated after this first assessment to save major orthodontic procedures in later years.

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Removable Appliances

The right kind of appliance encourages the jaw to grow in the right way. This can result in a lesser expense than full orthodontics at a later age.

It is indeed, a common misconception that crooked teeth can only be treated once children have lost all their baby teeth. The truth is that many crooked smiles can be prevented with this kind of early treatment.

Non-Extraction Orthodontics

The extraction of teeth to ‘gain space’ in the mouth is a common traditional approach to orthodontics, but here at Fraser Dental, we believe this is not necessarily the best option. If you think your child’s teeth are ‘too big for their mouth’ or they ‘have too many teeth’, make sure you come and see us for an opinion. Extracting teeth to make space and then retracting the remaining teeth into the gaps to straighten everything up doesn’t have to be your only option.

This is now seen to be an outdated approach. Non-extraction orthodontics is the new norm, with extractions being required only in a small number of cases.

If your child has been recommended to have extractions to make their teeth straight, we advise a little caution before such a permanent and irreversible treatment plan is undertaken.

Myofunctional Treatment

Myofunctional treatment is a series of exercises for the mouth, facial muscles, and tongue that are specifically designed to correct a deviated swallow – often referred to as “tongue thrust.” The condition can be found in adults and children with special needs and speech disorders, as well as in some people with misaligned teeth.

Customised to suit the age of the patient, these exercises help correct the problem, allowing the patient to swallow correctly as time goes on.

Myofunctional issues can manifest in many ways. Keep an eye out for any of these symptoms in your child and get in touch with us if you are at all concerned.

What to look for:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Teeth-grinding
  • Facial pain
  • Speech problems
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stomach aches

Functional Orthodontics

Functional orthodontics is the name given to the branch of orthodontics that uses appliances and braces to support the normal growth of the teeth and jaws.

The treatment not only straightens the teeth but repositions the upper and lower jaws to create a more healthy profile. A weak chin or misalignment of either jaw causes an incorrect bite, either an under or overbite. This can lead to migraines, neck and shoulder pain, dizziness, sleep apnea, hearing problems, upper airway obstruction, and more.

This is where our philosophy on non-extraction techniques comes in. Instead of pulling crowded teeth the jaw is expanded to make more room. When appliances are worn to widen the jaw, both upper and lower, it makes for a more balanced profile and helps to expand sinuses and correct sleep apnea or breathing problems.

Our Results – Orthodontics for Kids

Before and After Treatment

Before and After Treatment