Orthodontic treatment can improve your child’s profile and correct jaw and facial muscle misalignment, which can contribute to future oral and general health problems.
Children’s orthodontic braces have changed significantly from the heavy, obtrusive and bulky metal braces many adults had and remember. Today treatment options are more comfortable with the brackets and arch wires being much finer.
Orthodontic problems can develop rapidly in children as their teeth and facial bones grow quickly. At Forest Lake Dental, we recommend your child’s first assessment appointment is around age 6 after their first adult molar teeth come through. At this age, we can check for any sign of irregularities and advise on the possibility of your child requiring corrective treatment.
At this age, treatment is designed to guide developing teeth and facial bones into their optimal position plus ensure there is enough space in the jaw for adult teeth and prevent crowding. Treatment may vary from monitoring your child’s development through to the application of fixed or removable braces or retainers.
Early assessment and intervention can reduce or sometimes even eliminate the need for fixed braces by the time your child reaches the all important high school years.