Orthodontic Treatment for Kids

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Dr Geoff Hall providing kids orthodontic treatment to child in Melbourne clinic MP Orthodontics

Orthodontic Treatment for Kids

Interceptive Orthodontics

Our team of orthodontists focuses on long-term dental health for children. We give parents and caregivers the information they need to make smart choices about their children's braces and overall health.

Early intervention and interceptive orthodontic treatment can commence between the ages of 7 and 10 years. At this age, children's baby teeth are replaced with adult teeth. Identifying potential issues can reduce the risk of complex orthodontic problems later in life. Regular dental check-ups can help you know when to see an orthodontist for braces or other treatments. These check-ups are important for maintaining good oral health. Your dentist can assess your teeth and recommend if you need orthodontic treatment.

We want to straighten your child's smile and keep their teeth healthy with our approach that focuses on prevention. We customize orthodontic treatments for your child to make sure they are comfortable and effective. We will work closely with your regular dentist and can provide advice on the following:

  • Correcting bite function and comfort
  • Improving teeth alignment
  • Preventing early wear of tooth enamel
  • Improving self confidence
  • Improving overall general health
Teenagers with Braces

What is interceptive orthodontics?

For young patients, we aim to use the most conservative orthodontic treatments possible. Children's orthodontic treatment, also known as two-phase or interceptive treatment, begins when a child still has baby teeth.


Benefits from early interceptive orthodontic treatment such as braces for kids include:

In most cases, we can achieve outstanding results without the need for two-phase orthodontic treatment. The benefits of early orthodontic treatment can include:


  • Positively influence jaw growth
  • Make space for your child’s erupting teeth
  • Expand the width of dental arches
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for jaw surgery
  • Correct harmful oral habits, such as thumb sucking and mouth breathing
  • Fix alignment of teeth and bad bites
  • Enhancing the stability of teeth at the completion of treatment.

Kids Orthodontics Treatment

We appreciate that each child is unique and that is why no two orthodontic treatment options are the same. Each child receives a tailored orthodontic treatment according to their needs. Braces can fix protruding front teeth, create space for new teeth, and reduce the need to remove permanent teeth. You can also improve the relationship between teeth and jaws.

Starting treatment at the right time is important for achieving these benefits. By correcting teeth alignment early on, braces can prevent overcrowding and other dental issues. This can ultimately lead to a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Early intervention also significantly reduces the risk of dental complications in adolescence and adulthood. Common interceptive orthodontic treatments for kids includes:

  • Removable plates
  • Arch expansion devices
  • Functional appliances
  • Appliances that help stop unhealthy habits
  • Partial braces on selected teeth

Our skilled orthodontists help children of all ages and support both you and your child through the whole process. We believe in treating children early to make future treatment easier and more enjoyable as a teenagers and adults.

Dr Martin Poon providing orthodontic treatment at the Melbourne based clinic MP Orthodontics

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