The misconception of orthodontics … wait until a child is a teenager to start treatment! In other words… wait until a problem is bigger, harder to fix and costlier!
“Prevention is better than the cure” – This is why seeing the orthodontist for children in this age group is a great idea! There are many issues that can arise when teeth are forming and coming through into the mouth during these early years.
Seen early, an orthodontist is sometimes able to intercept certain teeth and bite problems, and stop them from causing issues in the bite and teeth alignment later on – possibly avoiding extractions, the cost and time of braces later.
World leading associations eg. American Association of Orthodontics, European Society of Orthodontists, Australian Society of Orthodontists, recommend that all children around the age of 7-8 years, should be seen by a specialist orthodontist.
When to consider treatment
- A thumb sucking habit past the age of 6 years
- Snores and/or grinds their teeth
- Bites their finger nails or pencil biting
- Mouth breathing
- Buck teeth and teeth that stick out
- Deep bites
- Open bites
- Crowding or space loss
- Abnormal eruption of the teeth
Some of these problems can have significant consequences, so if you notice any of the above or suspect a problem, please be diligent and bring your child into our practice early for a consultation with one of our expert specialist orthodontists.