Orthodontics is known to us as “braces”. These days, orthodontic treatment is becoming more and more common amongst both children, teens and adults. We provide traditional braces which are the metal brackets and wires. In addition, we also provide clear aligners (using the most well known and longstanding brand, Invisalign) which are clear plastic trays that are worn daily to straight teeth. In more complex situations, we refer our patients to local orthodontic specialists.
The general dental guideline recommends that every child between the ages of 7 to 9 have an orthodontic evaluation, especially if your child has the following:
- Mouth breathing
- Persistent thumb sucking
- Teeth that stick out
- Teeth that do not bite together properly
- Severely crooked teeth
What cause orthodontic problems?
This can be a controversial topic. Normally we tend to think that crooked teeth are only due to genetics or “bad luck”, however, now we know that there are other factors such as thumb sucking or mouth breathing. Therefore, we strongly believe that prevention starts from a child’s infancy. Parents should help children eliminate bad habits like thumb sucking and look for signs of airway obstructions such as regular snoring, teeth grinding, or chronic mouth breathing.
Most orthodontic treatments start when children lose all their baby teeth, normally around the age of 13. However, most children would have stopped growing by this age. Orthodontic treatments at this stage are complex and may involve extractions or surgeries to get a pleasing aesthetic outcome. Having treatment early (if indicated) can help a child develop a more natural facial appearance and reduce the chances of extractions or surgeries in the future.
With the development of orthodontic technologies and techniques, early orthodontic treatment has become more common. Techniques include expanders, headgears and myofunctional appliances such as Myobrace.
At McKinnon Dental Care, we offer a free consultation and interest-free payment plan for all orthodontic patients! Call us on 03 9957 5199 to book your free consultation today!