We aim at correcting cross bites, this is where the top teeth are inside the bottom teeth.
We also endeavour to correct narrow top jaws, smaller lower jaws or preserve space so that second teeth can erupt correctly in a good position.
Early Intervention Orthodontics
Did you know that there are benefits to correcting teeth and misaligned jaws while the teeth are still developing? It is recommended that children have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Though treatment may not be needed now, early intervention allows for dentists to monitor your child’s teeth as they grow. This way, we can ensure timely detection of any orthodontic issues.
Early detection of issues allows more efficient and effective treatment. Your child’s first adult molars begin to erupt around age 7. These molars establish the back of the bite and proper alignment for the teeth.
Issues that can be determined early on
By screening at an early age, we can watch for potential issues as your child’s teeth develop. Some of these orthodontic issues may include:
- Overbite – top teeth sit substantially farther forward than bottom teeth when teeth are closed
- Underbite – bottom teeth sit farther forward than top teeth when teeth are closed
- Open bite – front teeth do not come together when back teeth are closed
- Cross bite – top teeth do not properly align with bottom teeth
- Crowding – teeth overlap and become crooked due to lack of space
There are many immediate and long-term advantages to early intervention orthodontic treatment. This includes:
- Correcting teeth crowding
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Minimising risk for trauma by correcting protruding front teeth
- Providing adequate spacing for newly-erupting teeth
- Preventing the need for tooth extraction
- Reducing duration of treatment for adolescent or adult orthodontics
To learn more about early intervention orthodontics, contact our friendly team today.