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How early orthodontic treatment can help your child

By diagnosing issues early we can help prevent serious problems later…

The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends an assessment for early intervention by the age of seven, since this is the ideal period to assess the condition and development of the child’s jaws and teeth. Why is this so important? It is because a child’s jaw begins to develop readying for adulthood around seven years of age, and at this important time it is easier for issues to be corrected and averted before the jaw sets. In some instances, early treatment can completely prevent the onset of a more significant orthodontic issue!

Why early intervention is important…

At Excel Orthodontics located in Adelaide, we want the best for your child, and that means ensuring not only their oral health, but also their jaw development! By allowing us to assess your child’s jaw development and the eruption of their teeth, we can ensure your child is prevented from having to undergo painful, uncomfortable and intrusive orthodontic treatments later in life.

We work to protect your child’s jaw…

We make sure your child’s jaw develops properly, and help provide them with straight smiles and correctly aligned teeth to enjoy for the rest of their lives. When orthodontic work is carried out as a late teen or adult, it tends to be more painful and uncomfortable since the jawbone material has hardened and set into place. This is why diagnosing and treating orthodontic issues early in your child is very beneficial.

Early orthodontic intervention can help your child’s oral health…

Crooked teeth can result in an uneven tooth surface, and as a result make it much more difficult to clean. Food debris can get caught in many nooks and crannies within the mouth, and when a patient suffers from crooked teeth, it can be extremely difficult for them to ensure their oral health. By straightening their smiles early and aligning a proper bite, this allows for much easier cleaning and flossing, which means a reduced risk of tooth decay or periodontal disease.

The other benefits of early treatment…

  • The prevention or minimisation of crowding (crooked teeth) and hence potentially preventing the need of extractions later on.
  • The prevention of impacted teeth including the damage they can cause to their neighbouring teeth.
  • Improvement in the jaw and facial relationship potentially eliminating the need for extractions or even surgery.
  • Improve breathing patterns and reduction of childhood sleep apnoea and snoring.
  • The elimination of jaw shifts which may lead to jaw joint derangement and unfavourable growth.
  • The elimination of harmful habits.

At Excel Orthodontics we strongly believe in helping children achieve optimal oral health by helping their jaws and smiles develop correctly. If you are unsure about the development of your child’s jaw, be sure to book a consultation at our Adelaide dental practice so we can properly assess your child’s condition and make any recommendations needed.

To discover more about early orthodontic treatment or to book an appointment at our dental practice located in Adelaide, please do not hesitate to contact us.