When Should A Child See An Orthodontist?

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When Should A Child See An Orthodontist?

When Should A Child See An Orthodontist?

Orthodontics involves shifting or aligning the teeth in order to change their appearance and function.

When your teeth are out of alignment, it puts strain on your jaw muscles, which can lead to jaw and joint problems, as well as headaches.

Through balancing pressure on your teeth, periodic orthodontic operations will help you improve the long-term strength of your teeth, gums, and jawbone joints.

Most parents are aware that their children’s dental treatment should begin when they are young.

Experts agree that the ideal age for an orthodontic evaluation is between the ages of 8 and 10, as a child’s teeth are normally a mix of baby teeth and mature teeth.

So, does this mean that your child is going to be given braces straight away?

Not at all!

Beginning orthodontic therapy while the child is young tends to prevent progressive dental complications and promotes proper oral hygiene.

Keep in mind, even if they go for an assessment, care or treatment – such as braces for children – may not actually begin for another one to five years after the initial evaluation.

Your child’s first visit with an orthodontist.

When your child visits the orthodontist for the first time, they will be greeted in an office that resembles that of their dentist.

They’ll lie in a dental chair while an orthodontic technician or assistant examines their mouth and teeth with X-rays or computer images.

The orthodontist will use the X-rays and photographs to see where the child’s teeth are and whether or not they have yet to come in.

By inserting a tray of gooey material into your child’s top and bottom teeth, the technician or orthodontist will make a mould (or impression) of their teeth.

When the mould is extracted, the orthodontist will have a much better understanding of the form and scale of the child’s teeth.

The orthodontist uses a mould to determine how to straighten the child’s teeth.

Your child’s teeth, mouth, and jaws will all be examined by the orthodontist.

He or she might ask your child to open their mouth wide or bite their teeth together, as well as enquire about any chewing or swallowing issues, as well as whether or not your child’s jaws ever click or pop when they open their mouth.

The orthodontist may assure you that your child’s teeth and jaws are perfect, or he or she may advise you to start orthodontic treatment, such as braces.

What happens if braces are the recommended orthodontic treatment?

Braces for children are the most common type of orthodontic treatment.

In the last ten years, views towards dental braces have changed significantly, with the Australian Society of Orthodontists reporting that seven out of ten children respond positively when told they want orthodontic care.

Many orthodontists now treat children not because their general dentist has referred them but because they ‘wish’ to wear braces. Furthermore, new dental braces are not only smaller and more convenient but they can also be coloured, which appeals to infants.

At Hello Ortho, we use both Invisalign® and more traditional metal braces.

Invisalign ® is a discreet, removable and comfortably orthodontic treatment for kids.

It seems that braces for children appear to be much more fashionable in 2021!

Cost of braces for children

Costs for children’s braces vary, depending on a range of factors.

The most significant factor, however, is the degree of orthodontic treatment required.

A mild orthodontic treatment is typically described as one that lasts between 6 and 12 months.

Minor overcrowding, in which one or two teeth are twisted/rotated out of line or narrow gaps remain between the teeth, is a common occurrence.

In most cases, both fixed equipment and Invisalign can be used, and neither requires the extraction of any teeth.

Complex orthodontic procedures often require a variety of various more difficult Orthodontic issues and could necessitate therapy in two stages.

In certain cases, braces alone are insufficient to resolve the problem, and a patient with a complicated orthodontic issue can require jaw surgery and/or tooth extraction to produce the desired outcome.

Treatment usually lasts between 24 and 36 months.

To give parents an idea of the varying nature of these costs, mild orthodontic treatment can cost between $4,500 or $6,500 depending on whether one or two arches are required.

The complex treatments can cost $8,500, plus any extra costs for surgery or extractions.

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