Orthodontics isn't just for teens and adults. If you are concerned about your child's teeth or bite it's a good idea to consult with a specialist orthodontist whilst they are young.
Yes, they may still have some 'baby teeth' but an early consultation with one of our orthodontists allows us to evaluate the existing and incoming teeth to determine whether your child will need orthodontic treatment now or in the future.
When should you visit us?
There are several signs to look out for that can determine whether your child needs to visit an orthodontist for an early consultation including:
Early loss of baby teeth (age five or earlier)
Your child's teeth do not meet when they biting
Snoring and/or Mouth breathing
Crowded or protruding front teeth
Biting and/or Chewing difficulty
Your child's jaw shifts when they open their mouth
Thumb sucking past the age of five
It's best to schedule your child's first orthodontic consultation with us between the ages of 7 and 10. By this time the first permanent molars are typically present and we are able to check for any developing malocclusion or misalignment.
Why visit an orthodontist early?
Although treatment may not begin straight away, visiting our team of specialist orthodontists for an early consultation will catch any teeth or jaw problems early.
Early orthodontic treatment (also known as Phase Once) can be quicker and more effective as your child's jaw bone is still soft. Intervening early can allow us to lay the foundations for a happy, healthy smile as your child moves through their teens into adulthood.