Early Treatment Wagga Wagga

  make an appointment
We find parents are often quite surprised when we recommend their six or seven-year-old has an orthodontic evaluation, but early interceptive orthodontics can be enormously helpful. By starting treatment early on, we can help your child benefit from an attractive facial profile as well as a nice smile, boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem during childhood and for life.
Early Orthodontics Wagga Wagga

How Could an Early Orthodontic Evaluation Help My Child?

At this stage your child’s teeth and jaws are still developing, but their growth is sufficiently advanced so our dentist in Wagga Wagga can detect any problems that are present right now, or which will develop in the future. This will enable us to formulate a treatment plan that can be carefully timed to provide optimal results.

How Could Early Orthodontic Treatment Help?

Early treatment can allow us to take advantage of growth spurts to guide the jaws into the correct shape. Often this will involve widening an upper jaw that may have become elongated and narrow due to thumb or finger sucking. As your child grows, they will have sufficient room for their adult teeth to come through without these teeth being overcrowded or overlapping. Often orthodontics will take place in two phases, with the first phase being carried out between the ages of seven and ten, while a later or second phase of treatment will take place when your child has all their adult teeth.

Will They Still Need Braces in Their Teens?

Early orthodontic treatment can help reduce or sometimes even avoid the need for braces during their teens. If they do need to wear braces later on, then it is more likely that treatment will be cosmetically oriented rather than used to correct major orthodontic issues.

What Type of Braces and Treatments are used in Early Orthodontics?

There is a large range of orthodontic appliances that can be used in early orthodontics and these may be fixed or removable and include Myo-Functional treatment.

What is Myofunctional Treatment?

This is a therapy that can help correct improper functioning of the facial muscles and tongue, using a combination of special exercises and appliances to help modify oral habits. Treatment can guide teeth into the correct positions and can expand narrow airways. We might suggest using this treatment if your child has oral problems such as tongue thrusting, tongue sucking or lip licking or swallowing, or if they have speech problems or trouble breathing freely through their nose.

For more information, please speak to our friendly dental team on (02) 6922 6840. We are located at Kooringal Mall, 32/269-293 Lake Albert Road, Kooringal NSW 2650.