Many developing orthodontic problems can be treated or prevented during childhood.
Early intervention can lead to more space for developing teeth, better jaw growth and improved facial development.
Pre-orthodontic treatment can reduce the time needed in braces later on, and in some cases eliminate the need for braces altogether.
Pre-Orthodontic treatment options include:
- Appliances (plates) to correct cross-bites (which lock teeth into incorrect positions)
- Expansion appliances to promote proper jaw growth
- Screening for airway problems, with referral to a specialist ENT if required
- Myofunctional exercises to correct poor oral habits involving breathing, tongue position and muscle function that are the underlying cause of crowded teeth
- Treatment of significant tongue ties which can limit jaw development
- Myobrace appliance therapy to encourage nasal breathing and correct poor tongue and lip habits
Pre-orthodontic treatments are generally most effective from the age of 7, which is therefore a good age to screen for problems.
If you are concerned about your child’s dental growth and development, please take advantage of our free, no-obligation orthodontic assessment.