Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment for Kids
Growing strong through early interceptive orthodontic treatment for kids
There is growing awareness around the numerous benefits to be gained through early interceptive orthodontic treatment for child. The orthodontists at MP Orthodontics are highly experienced in treating children and creating brilliant children's smiles!
Braces for children or other forms of orthodontic treatment for child can be commenced as early as seven years of age. If you are maintaining regular hygiene visits to your dentist, they will be a good first point of contact to advise the most ideal time to make your child’s first appointment with an orthodontist experienced in providing orthodontic treatment for children.
We will work closely with your child's dentist and together we will provide advice about when your child should seek orthodontic treatment. Want to know more?
What’s the ideal age for a child’s first visit to the orthodontist?
The ideal timing for your child’s first appointment with an orthodontist is between the age of seven and ten years.
Benefits from early interceptive orthodontic treatment such as braces for kids include:
- Positively influencing jaw growth.
- Expanding the width of dental arches.
- Reducing the requirement for extraction of permanent teeth.
- Reducing or eliminating the requirement for jaw surgery.
- Diminishing the likelihood of a child's trauma to protruding front teeth.
- Correcting kids harmful oral habits, such as thumb sucking and mouth breathing.
- Enhancing the stability of teeth at the completion of treatment.
- Guiding teeth into more favourable positions.
- Preserving or gaining space for your child's erupting teeth.
Each child is different, which means your MP orthodontist will tailor a treatment plan specific to your kid's needs. Common treatments prescribed by our orthodontists as part of early interceptive orthodontics treatment for kids include:
- Removable plates.
- Arch expansion devices.
- Functional appliances.
- Appliances that help stop unhealthy habits.
- Partial braces for kids on selected teeth.
We appreciate that for some children, early treatment of a kid by an orthodontist may seem daunting. We will work with you, your child and your dentist to help navigate this period. A philosophy we share with our youngest patients is that early treatment may shorten and simplify treatment in future, making life as a teen and adult so much more enjoyable.
If your child does not require treatment from an orthodontist at this time, we encourage you to maintain a program of regular monitoring checks - no less than annually - that allow us to assess how your child’s needs may change as they grow and develop.
Talk to our Treatment Coordinator who can make life easy.
We can set up a regular recall so all you need do is confirm your appointment with your kid's orthodontist and come see us!
How do I know if my child needs treatment from an orthodontist?
If you and your children maintain regular visits to your dentist, your dentist may make the initial suggestion to visit an orthodontist for an early assessment for one or more of your children.
Even if you’re not seeing a dentist regularly, you can still make an appointment for your child to see an orthodontist for an early assessment.
No referral is needed and while we encourage our patients to work with their dentist, we’re more concerned your child receives the timely and accurately diagnosed treatment from one of our orthodontists.
We strive to make our treatment pathway clear and uncomplicated to deliver the best outcome for your child's orthodontic treatment whether it be braces or some other form of treatment.
How do I pay for my child's orthodontic treatment?
We appreciate that for some children, interceptive treatment (such as braces for children) by an orthodontist may seem daunting. We will work with you, your child and your dentist to help navigate this period. A philosophy we share with our youngest patients is that early orthodontic treatment may shorten and simplify treatment in future, making life as a teen and adult so much more enjoyable.