While there is not an exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, The Australian Society of Orthodontics recommends visiting the orthodontist by age 7. By this age, most children have a mix of baby and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.
For parents it’s not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment. Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age 7 or 8
Early detection of any dental issues arising will reduce the extent of the problem and avoid later possible extensive care. Please contact our practice on 4054 1100 to schedule an appointment with Dr Lane.
Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future!
Signing off... Nikki