Early Orthodontic Treatment

The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7.  At this age, the mouth will be starting to enter into the mixed dentition where a child will have both deciduous and permanent teeth present. This can allow an assessment of a child’s orthodontic condition and a chance to detect problems early.

Early detection of problems such as mal placed upper canines can allow intervention to avoid the development of a more serious problem later.

In some situations while a problem may be present, the mouth may not be developed enough to start treatment. In such a situation a review program will be carried out in order to monitor the development of the mouth so that when the ideal time for intervention arrives timely treatment can be started.

Benefits of early treatment

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Stopping habits such as thumb sucking which can adversely affect dental development
  • Helping to correct aberrant tooth eruption patterns