Our in house specialist orthodontist assesses and treats all ages requiring
Benefits of Early Treatment
Depending on your child’s personal needs, treatment may take 12 months or more, and designed to:
• Improve profile, speech and self-esteem
• Reduce or eliminate the need to remove healthy permanent teeth
• Create a beautiful broad smile by developing the arches
• Eliminate tooth grinding (bruxism) during sleep
• Prevent headaches and ear aches caused by tooth and jaw misalignment
Orthodontic treatment will often involve two phases, with the first commencing after their first adult teeth have erupted around age 6, and the second after all their adult teeth have come through, around 11 – 13 years old. Between phases, your child need to wear a fixed or removable appliance, such as a retainer to help stabilise their early treatment.
Although removable aligners are more popular, they will often be used in conjunction with fixed braces. Today, braces are much smaller, finer and more comfortable than their bulkier predecessors. Fixed braces have brackets and bands bonded to the teeth. A flexible wire joins all the brackets and allows the teeth to be moved.
Careful evaluation of your personal situation will enable the orthodontists to tailor a treatment plan. We will carefully explain in detail the different stages, what to expect during the course of your treatment and the planned outcome.
Treatment type and time can vary depending on the severity of the problem. On average, treatment can take one to three years. A short time to achieve a healthy and straight smile for life.
Oral Health and Orthodontic Treatment
When having orthodontic treatment, brushing and flossing is more important than ever before. Thorough brushing and flossing, especially if wearing fixed braces, will prevent plaque and tartar build-up around the brackets and keep gums healthy and breath fresh.
The Forest Lake Dental orthodontists can demonstrate effective brushing and flossing techniques and demonstrate to your child how to correctly use a floss threader.
To discover the many benefits orthodontic treatment can offer your child, schedule an assessment appointment with one of the friendly Forest Lake Dental team.