Orthodontic Treatment for Kids

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

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 children 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?

  • Correcting bite functionality and comfort.
  • Improving teeth alignment.
  • Eliminating premature wear on tooth surfaces.
  • Enhancing self-confidence.
  • Improving overall general health.
Teenagers with Braces

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.

Tailored orthodontic treatment

Each child is different, which means your MP orthodontist will tailor a treatment plan specific to your childs 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.

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

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