Prevent future alignment issues with Children's Orthodontics Treatment
It’s not always easy to know when your child needs early orthodontic treatment.
Many parents wait until their child has all of their permanent teeth to seek improper growth and alignment treatment, but this can often lead to more complicated and expensive procedures.
Maylands Dental Centre offers early orthodontic screening or assessment explicitly designed to be aware of the issues young children face with their primary teeth.
Contact us today at 08 9370 5464 to schedule an appointment for an early orthodontic assessment!
Reasons Why Your Child Might Need an Early Orthodontic Treatment
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Frequently Asked Questions
Although orthodontic treatment can be performed at virtually any age, each individual has a preferred timing for treatment. Occasionally, early orthodontic treatment can significantly reduce the complexity of subsequent comprehensive treatment while also obtaining a much more desirable final result.
Early orthodontic assessment is indicated at the first evidence of orthodontic issues or around 8. At this age, the adult molars will have erupted, and the process of transitioning from milk teeth to adult teeth will begin. Although not everyone is a candidate for orthodontic treatment at this stage, a comprehensive evaluation can assist the orthodontist in determining the optimal timing to begin orthodontic treatment for your kid.
Early orthodontic appointments are very similar to other orthodontic appointments. Our experienced team will conduct a complete visual examination on this initial visit to identify any possible problems. Following that, we take photographs to document treatment progress and x-rays to reveal any internal problems with the jaw bone or teeth. If an orthodontic appliance is required, impressions will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, which will build a device specifically for your kid.
Most of your child’s initial orthodontic visit will be spent explaining what to expect from the treatment and what our goals are. Furthermore, we’ll discuss the cost of treatment, whether your dental insurance will cover it, and payment options.
Multiple factors influence the rate at which your child’s teeth begin to shift. The reason dentists provide a range is because each child’s treatment program is customized to their unique needs.
Generally, a child will spend between 18 and 24 months in braces. Children may begin to notice changes in the appearance of their teeth as early as four weeks after being fitted. However, two to three months is the typical expectation.
You generally won’t know for sure if your child needs orthodontics until they meet with a dentist. However, there are a few warning indications that your child may benefit from seeing a dentist:
- Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Delayed eruption of adult teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Teeth are crowded, blocked out, or misplaced
- Teeth are too far forward or sticking out
- Thumb-or finger-sucking
- The small or large lower jaw
- Missing teeth
- Upper teeth that are biting on the inside of lower teeth
These are just a few evident signals that your child may benefit from braces. Nevertheless, many other bite abnormalities may not be discovered unless a qualified dentist does a radiograph and a comprehensive examination.
The cost of braces for children is mainly determined by the length of time your child will be required to wear them. The cost of braces varies according to the type of braces prescribed by the dentist for your child. Traditional braces for children typically costs between $3,500 and $8,000 depending on the type of treatment and the duration of the orthodontic treatment to correct an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or crowded teeth in the jaw. On the other hand, Invisalign full treatment might range between $6,000 and $9,000.
If your child’s dentist recommends orthodontic treatment, it is because they have identified an issue that should be addressed before it worsens. Delaying therapy when your child needs it can eventually result in the following:
- Weakened, sensitive, and chipped teeth: When teeth are misaligned, they are subjected to additional wear and tear, eroding the enamel and increasing the risk of sensitive or chipped teeth.
- Eating difficulties and jaw soreness: An uneven or mismatched bite can make chewing and swallowing food more difficult. Additionally, it increases the stress on the jaw joints, resulting in stiffness and pain.
- Increased risk of oral health issues: Crooked teeth are difficult to clean and easily trap food and plaque, significantly increasing your child’s chance of developing dental decay and gum disease.
- Changes in facial and oral development: In severe circumstances, leaving orthodontic problems untreated might affect your child’s oral structures and facial shape.
- Complications requiring complex treatments: Postponing orthodontic treatment for your child until they are older will cost you more time and money in the long run with complex, extensive, and invasive treatments.