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We recommend that children have an orthodontic assessment at the age of 6 or 7 years old to identify early signs of incorrect adult teeth position and facial growth. Many problems can benefit from early interventive treatment.
Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.
The best time is generally during childhood. Our general dentists have a special interest in dentofacial orthodontics. This means we take the appearance of the whole face and smile into account when planning orthodontic treatment. Early functional orthodontic treatments can sometimes reduce the need for traditional braces. We can identify early signs of malocclusion from as young as 4 years old. Often these can be corrected with habit trainers, exercises or change in tongue posture, normal breathing and elimination of aberrant habits such as thumb-sucking.
We recommend all children have an orthodontic assessment by age 7.
Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth or move them into a better position. This can improve their appearance and the way the teeth bite together, while also making them easier to clean.
Some people have upper front teeth that stick out and look unsightly. These ‘prominent’ teeth are more likely to be damaged, but orthodontic treatment can move them back into line. Or the way the upper and lower jaws meet can cause teeth to look unsightly and lead to an incorrect bite. Orthodontic treatment may be able to correct both of these problems.
When the teeth don’t meet correctly, this can put strain on the muscles of the jaw, causing jaw and joint problems and sometimes headaches. Orthodontic treatment can help you to bite more evenly and reduce the strain.
Some oral habits such as mouth breathing and thumb-sucking have negative impacts on facial growth. We offer mouth and face exercises aimed at developing better orofacial habits to reduce the need for orthodontic treatment and/or stabilise orthodontic result.
If you have overcrowded teeth, Invisalign could give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Our dentists are specialists in Invisalign, but we also offer other aligner options according to your needs and budget.
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