There are more to orthodontic treatment than “crooked teeth” and “braces”. Many teeth and jaw problems occur at a young age. Waiting until all adult teeth come through (usually around 12 years old) may mean that the problems have been manifested for many years that it requires complex treatments to correct the issues. If problems are detected early, some children may be good candidates for early treatment while they are still growing and teeth are transitioning from baby teeth to adult teeth. The best time to check for early problem is 8 years old.
- May prevent complicated treatment when the patient is older
- May minimise damage to teeth, gum or jaw bone
- May avoid the need to extract teeth when the patient is older
- Allow proper growth of teeth and jaw
At the initial appointment, we will assess whether early interceptive treatment is needed. If yes, we’ll take photographs, X-ray images and models of your teeth. These information will be used to formulate your treatment plan. If no treatment is required, we’ll review the growth every 6 months until all adult teeth erupt.
You’ll be booked again 2-3 weeks after the first appointment to have a discussion of your results and answer any questions you may have. The treatment as well as the timing will be explained.