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What is early orthodontic treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment is the treatment that occurs before the age of 10 years old. It aims to correct developing dental and jaw problems to ensure a healthier smile as they grow. 

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Why choose interceptive orthodontic care?

Early interceptive orthodontics focuses on identifying and addressing orthodontic issues in children at a young age, ensuring a healthy and beautiful smile and bite as they grow.

Frequently Asked Questions about Early Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

What is Early Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment?

Early interceptive orthodontic treatment is a specialized approach that involves addressing orthodontic issues in children at a young age, typically between 7 and 11 years old. It aims to correct developing dental and jaw problems to ensure a healthier smile as they grow.

At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

The Australian Orthodontic Society recommends children see an orthodontist by 7 years old. By this age the adult back molars are present and they form the back bite. This allows a specialist Perth orthodontist to assess your child and see whether interceptive or early orthodontic treatment will be beneficial.

Why is Early Treatment Important?

Early treatment can prevent more severe orthodontic issues in the future, such as overcrowding, misaligned bites, and speech problems. It promotes proper oral development and can reduce the need for extensive orthodontic work later on.

What are the benefits of starting orthodontic treatment at a younger age?

As children’s bones are more pliable and their teeth move with less pressure, this often means that interceptive orthodontic treatment can correct developing issues, particularly relating to jaw structure, more effectively than later in life.

As we can guide jaw and dental growth and development, it may be possible to prevent problems later in life.

Benefits include improved aesthetics, enhanced bite function, reduced risk of dental trauma, and the potential to avoid, or shorter orthodontic treatment when they are older.

How do I Know if My Child Needs Early Interceptive Orthodontics?

An orthodontic evaluation by our experienced orthodontist can determine if your child would benefit from early interceptive treatment.

The best way to know for sure is to book an orthodontic appointment with one of our caring, expert orthodontists and the friendly team at Ellenbrook Orthodontic!

The Australian Orthodontic Society provides 8 signs that early orthodontic treatment may be beneficial:

  1. Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth
  2. Difficulty in chewing or biting
  3. Mouth breathing
  4. Protruding teeth
  5. Thumbsucking beyond the age of 5 years
  6. Crowded, crooked or misplaced teeth
  7. Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
What Types of Appliances are Used in Early Interceptive Orthodontics?

Depending on the specific needs of the child, appliances such as expanders, space maintainers, or braces may be used. Our orthodontist will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your child’s situation.

Is Early Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment Covered by Insurance?

Insurance coverage varies, but some plans do cover a portion of orthodontic treatment costs, including interceptive orthodontics. Our office can help you navigate insurance and payment options.

How Long Does Early Treatment Typically Last?

The duration of early interceptive orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the issue being addressed. Some treatments may last several months, while others may extend for approximately a year.

What Happens After Early Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment?

Depending on the objectives of early treatment, they may still require orthodontic treatment when they are older. This orthodontic treatment will be more straightforward and completed in a shorter amount of time which can also be financially beneficial in the long run.

Are There Risks Associated with Early Treatment?

Early interceptive orthodontics is generally safe and well-tolerated. Our orthodontic team will monitor your child’s progress and address any concerns promptly.

How Can I Schedule an Evaluation for My Child?

To schedule an evaluation for your child’s orthodontic needs, please contact our office. Our team will be happy to assist you and answer any additional questions you may have.

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