Orthodontics for Kids

Have your child’s teeth checked early!

 

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

At Fraser Dental we see children as young as 5 years old to assess breathing patterns, which can have a lasting effect on how your child’d jaw develops.  Children who breathe from their mouths rather than their noses can develop major problems as their jaw and teeth grow. We can begin orthodontic correction early with children around 7 or 8 years old which can save major orthodontic procedures in later years.

We understand that meeting the cost of braces can be difficult for some families. That’s why we’ve developed a special orthodontic payment plan called OrthoPlan, which allows you to manage the cost of braces over the course of treatment.

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Removable Orthodontic 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.

Non-extraction orthodontics is the modern approach to orthodontics that we practice, and extractions are now only required 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.

Orthodontics For Kids

Myofunctional Treatment

Myofunctional treatment involves a series of customised 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. They can be suitable for all ages.

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:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Teeth grinding
  • Facial pain
  • Speech problems
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Stomach aches
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Orthodontics for kids, girl wearing braces, smiling

Functional Orthodontics

Functional orthodontics uses appliances and braces to correct and support  normal growth of the teeth and jaws.

The treatment not only straightens the teeth but repositions the upper and lower jaws to create a healthier, more appealing 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 apnoea, hearing problems, upper airway obstruction, and more.

This is where our philosophy on non-extraction orthodontics comes in. Instead of extracting crowded teeth, we use appliances to expand the jaw to make more room. The result is a much more balanced profile and it has the added benefit of expanding sinuses and correcting sleep apnoea or breathing problems.

Our Results – Orthodontics for Kids

Before and After Treatment

Before and After Treatment

Contact us to find out more about orthodontics for kids. Book your consultation with our experts today.