Orthodontics in Maribyrnong

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished your teeth were straighter? Likely, your concerns began in childhood. You may even have a child and feel concerned about the alignment of their still-developing smile. With preventative orthodontics, your child can avoid needing costlier and more aggressive treatment in the future.

The team at Hampstead Dental can evaluate whether your child requires preventative orthodontics. Preventative orthodontics can address issues such as:

  • Extra teeth
  • Extracted teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Jaw abnormalities
  • Missing teeth
  • Overbite
  • Protruding teeth
  • Underbite

Why a Child May Need to See an Orthodontist

Teenager wearing traditional metal bracesMost people associate orthodontics with teenagers. Increasingly, adults are also opting to have their teeth straightened later in life. With options such as Invisalign®, it’s easier than ever to align your smile. Parents are often surprised when they are told to have a consultation with the orthodontist to check out their child’s teeth. Though their child may still have their baby teeth, working on their oral health problems now can save time and money in the future.

The Options for Preventative Orthodontics

You may wonder which preventative measures are available to your child. What is most appropriate for your child will depend on their particular issue. For example, they may have problems with their top and bottom molars, making an appliance most appropriate for them, worn 12-15 hours a day. If there has been a loss of a tooth early on, they may need a space maintainer in the gap to make sure that the other teeth don’t shift into the space where a permanent tooth will erupt.

The Benefits of Early Intervention

As early as age 7, your child can be eligible for early intervention or treatment. Doing so can prevent trauma to protruding teeth, improve their oral health and make sure your child can avoid self-confidence problems that are associated with misaligned teeth. It can also guide their permanent teeth into position and make a positive impact on their jaw development.

Schedule Your Child’s Visit

Is your child a candidate for orthodontics? Contact us today to schedule their evaluation!

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.