A guide to early intervention orthodontics


Early intervention orthodontics is the treatment of orthodontic problems in children before all of their permanent teeth have come in. This is typically done between the ages of 7 and 10, when the jaws are still growing and developing.

Early intervention can help to correct a variety of orthodontic

problems, including:





Open bite

Thumb sucking

Tongue thrust

Early intervention can also help to prevent more serious orthodontic problems from developing later on. For example, if a child has a severe overbite, early intervention can help to prevent the development of jaw problems such as TMJ disorder.

There are a variety of different early intervention orthodontic treatments available, including:

* Space maintainers: These devices are used to keep space open for permanent teeth that are not yet erupted.

* Expanders: These devices are used to widen the upper jaw.

* Functional appliances: These devices are used to help guide the growth of the jaws and teeth.

* Myofunctional therapy: This is a type of therapy that helps to retrain the muscles of the tongue and lips.

The specific type of early intervention treatment that is best for your child will depend on the individual problem that they are facing. Your child’s orthodontist will be able to assess their needs and recommend the best treatment plan.

The benefits of early intervention orthodontics include:

It can correct orthodontic problems early, before they become more serious.

It can help to prevent more serious orthodontic problems from developing later.

It can improve the function of the teeth and jaws.

It can improve the appearance of the teeth and smile.

It can boost a child’s self-confidence.

If you are concerned about your child’s teeth or bite, it is important to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist or a general dentist who has special training in early orthodontics as soon as possible. Early intervention can help to ensure that your child has a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime.

At Main Street Dental Bacchus Marsh principal dentist Dr Saba Farooq has extensive training and special interest in early intervention orthodontics.

Feel free to book an appointment for your child with her to find out all the treatment options available.

If you have a question please callthe friendly team on (03) 5367 5355 or 0423 530 208.