Early Intervention Orthodontics For Young Children
Have you noticed more and more children are getting braces and plates at a much younger age nowadays?
The traditional approach of waiting for all adult teeth to come through before putting on braces is no longer the only option for children with crooked teeth and bite. More and more dentists are recognising the importance of early intervention orthodontic treatments, also known as phase one orthodontics. It is a mouthful of big words but essentially means that children can start correcting crooked bites before the adults teeth even come through!
Early intervention orthodontics aim to guide the child’s jaws towards its optimal positions, make more space for adult teeth to come in, and correct bite issues such as overbite, underbite, open bite and crossbite. This means less teeth extractions and a shorter period of braces (if at all needed) later on.
What is more amazing about early intervention orthodontics is that not only does it improve crooked bites, it also changes your child’s face for better! Young children’s jaw bones are soft and pliable, and by guiding their facial growth into optimal using appropriate tools, early intervention can lay the foundation for a healthy, well-balanced and well-functioning adulthood for your child.
Our dentists are passionate about providing early intervention for young children as young as 3 years of age, using a range of tools:
- orofacial/myofunctional exercises
If you are worried about your child’s teeth or bite, contact us for an early intervention orthodontic assessment. We are passionate about early intervention and are more than happy to help!