At Karratha Smiles Dental Centre, our mission is to help people of all ages improve their oral health and achieve the best possible smile.
Children’s orthodontics helps the youngest members of your family to get a great head-start on a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.
When should orthodontics begin?
It’s never too early to care about your children’s oral health. We recommend that children start visiting the dentist for regular check-ups by their first birthday at the latest, and children’s orthodontic treatments can begin as soon as soon as their permanent teeth start to emerge – usually around the age of 6 or 7.
At this age, the teeth and jaws are still growing, but your dentist will get a clear picture of what your child’s mouth will look like in the future. This allows us to correct issues with alignment and crowding that may be more difficult to fix later on.
What are the benefits of children’s orthodontics?
Giving your child the opportunity to receive early orthodontic care means they will be less likely to need braces or aligners in the future, or will only need to use these appliances for a shorter time.
Children’s orthodontics can be useful for:
- making sure all teeth are straight and correctly aligned
- correcting bite issues such as overbite, underbite and crossbite
- avoiding dental extractions and other invasive procedures later
- identifying bad habits such as thumb sucking and teeth grinding
- preventing problems such as impacted teeth and blocked airways.
Most children’s orthodontic care involves helping your child get out of bad habits that may be putting their new teeth and oral health at risk, such as thumb sucking or teeth grinding and jaw clenching (bruxism), as well as teaching them how to brush their teeth properly.
If alignment issues are present, our dentists will examine your child’s mouth in detail to identify any issues that need to be addressed. Depending on the severity of the bite issue, we may refer your child on to a specialist orthodontist.
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