When Should Treatment Begin?

Malocclusions become noticeable between the ages of 7-12, as the child’s permanent teeth erupt. Orthodontic treatment often begins from 8-14 years of age while the patient is growing to achieve optimum results. Ideally children should have an orthodontic evaluation around 7 years of age. At this age they will have a mix of baby and adult teeth.

At Port Douglas Affordable Dental we can spot problems with the emerging teeth and jaw growth early on in a child’s development. Addressing orthodontic issues early can save time and money later, so regular examinations are extremely important for all children.

Child Orthodontics

Orthodontics in young children may involve simply maintaining the space for erupting adult teeth through the use of functional or growth appliances. These may be expansion appliances, removable expansion plates or partial braces. Children are very responsive to treatment as their bones are still developing and as such are easier to guide into correct alignment.

Children who have early treatment may still need to have braces at a later date to complete their treatment goals, however pre-treatment can often reduce the severity of problems. This can also help reduce the need to remove healthy adult teeth in the future due to excessive crowding.
Adult Orthodontics

If you’re an adult, it’s not too late to benefit from orthodontics. Crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, under bites, incorrect jaw position or jaw joint problems can all benefit from orthodontic intervention. The biological process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age. Usually, adult treatment takes a little longer than a child’s treatment, as adults facial bones are no longer growing, certain corrections may not be accomplished with braces alone.

No matter what your age it’s never too late to improve your dental health and have a beautiful smile. At Port Douglas Affordable Dental we offer the latest in clear ceramic and plastic brackets as an aesthetic alternative to our adult patients.

Invisalign is also available at Port Douglas Affordable Dental. This is a system that utilises clear very thin removable aligners that can be removed by the patient and are changed every two weeks gradually straightening the teeth.