Parents sometimes think that orthodontic treatment should be delayed until adolescence when all permanent teeth have come in. It is now recognized that some orthodontic problems are most effectively treated if detected early. At OrthoCare Orthodontics, we follow the recommendations outlined by the Australian Society of Orthodontics that every child should have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. The aim of early orthodontic treatment is to intercept a developing problem before it becomes more serious and difficult to treat. Early diagnosis and correction of certain problems can make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Although not all children need early treatment, there are some instances where it is essential to correct problems affecting oral health, growth and development. Dr Kaplan adopts a conservative approach to early treatment, and will only recommend this type of treatment for your child when it is clearly indicated. If early treatment is not needed, the patient's growth and development can be carefully monitored until the time is right for treatment to begin. Because starting orthodontic treatment at the right time is critical to achieve the best possible outcome for your child, this monitoring service is offered to you at no charge.
When appropriate, early treatment provides an opportunity to:
Some early warning signs to look for in your child that may indicate the need for early treatment:
The teenage years are the most common period when orthodontic treatment takes place. This is an ideal time because facial and skeletal growth is occurring at an accelerated pace, which can be harnessed to achieve the best possible outcome. It is also optimal because this is the age at which all the permanent teeth come through.
Dr Kaplan and her staff know that teenagers lead very busy lives, so they make every effort to ensure that each and every orthodontic visit is efficient, effective, and an enjoyable experience.
To meet every patient's individual needs, we offer a variety of treatment types, braces, and styles to choose from. Popular options include:
Help your child achieve a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Get started today by scheduling a complimentary consultation appointment. Call us at 9909 1122 or send us an email in the space provided below, and a member of the Orthocare team will be in touch with you shortly.