Early Intervention Melbourne VIC
Early intervention can dramatically influence the future development of your child’s smile, facial appearance and most importantly health.
Healthy teeth for life start in childhood. Help your child achieve optimal oral outcomes and reduce potential treatment time in the future. Early intervention orthodontics is vital in order to recognise any concerns in the dental structure while it’s still developing. By identifying these issues in their early stages, we can formulate treatment plans to reduce or eliminate these issues before they become more severe.
How can early treatment help my child?
Early treatment may reduce the complexity and cost of later treatment as well as allowing a better treatment outcome. We recommend you bring your child in when they are around 7 or 8 years of age. Our experienced orthodontists will perform a comprehensive orthodontic assessment to assess the state of their dental development. Children respond very well to early intervention orthodontics as their jaws are still developing and are easily manipulated into the proper positioning.
There are a number of signs that indicate your child may need to be assessed earlier. If you have noticed a premature loss of baby teeth, constant thumb-sucking or dysfunction or misalignment in their jaws, we recommend that you contact us for more advice.
It is important to note the significance of baby teeth; these teeth help guide the correct positioning of your child’s adult teeth, and can support the development of a healthy jaw. This is why it is highly important to maintain the oral health of your child’s teeth to avoid premature tooth loss or extraction.
Early treatment can easily correct issues that could otherwise require surgery or extensive orthodontic treatments, such as:
- Regulating the width of the upper and lower dental arches
- Gain space for permanent teeth
- Reducing the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
- Reducing the likelihood of breathing-related health problems such as sleep apnoea
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
Early Intervention Melbourne
Aligned bites further improve the function of the jaws and mouth, which can help your child with central actions such as speaking and eating. Straight teeth are also easier to clean, optimising your child’s oral health. We will be able to discuss what is best for your child during your consultation.