Having a straighter smile isn’t just for improved aesthetics; a straight smile can increase your oral health and your overall health, too!
When you begin your orthodontic assessment, the experienced dentists and dental hygienist at Trembath Dental will examine the oral cavity and make determinations on whether there is crowding or spacing, premature tooth loss, improper alignment of teeth, posterior or anterior cross-bites, protrusion of anterior teeth, or anterior open bites.
An early orthodontic assessment can be highly beneficial to young children. When your child is between the ages of 8-10 years old, his/her first permanent molars and incisors would have erupted. At this early age, your child’s jaws haven’t hardened as yet, enabling corrective procedures to work quickly and effectively.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN EARLY ORTHODONTIC ASSESSMENT FOR MY CHILD?
- Save costs: an early detection of an orthodontic problem can reduce the amount of orthodontic work that may be required in the future, which can save you money in the long run;
- Prevention of dental trauma: Protrusion of the front teeth can increase your child’s risk of sustaining dental trauma. Early detection and correction can prevent this from occurring;
- Improved oral hygiene: If your child has severely crowded teeth, it may pose difficulties when it comes to brushing and flossing, which can impact your child’s overall oral health. Early treatment can be implemented as soon as the problem is detected;
- Proper alignment of teeth: If certain orthodontic issues are diagnosed in their early stages, corrective procedures can begin as soon as possible, which will allow for extra space to be made in the mouth for incoming permanent teeth. As a result, there is a greater chance of your child’s teeth aligning properly.
SIGNS THAT INDICATE YOUR CHILD WILL BENEFIT FROM AN ORTHODONTIC ASSESSMENT
- Loss of milk teeth at an early age or when your child is much older;
- Problems when biting or chewing;
- Protruding teeth;
- History of thumb sucking that has extended beyond the age of 5;
- Teeth that appear crowded, crooked or misaligned;
- Presence of an underbite or overbite;
- Unproportionate jaws and teeth in relation to the face;
- Speech that is impaired.
WHO IS A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR ORTHODONTIC INTERVENTION?
You may be a candidate for orthodontic intervention if you present with:
Where there are too many teeth for the available space in your jaw
Commonly referred to as buck-teeth, an overbite occurs when the front teeth sit too far forward and protrude over the lower teeth.
This occurs when the lower teeth stick out further than the upper teeth.
When the upper teeth don’t align when a patient bites down over the lower teeth.
Where there is a space between the biting surfaces of the front, or side teeth when biting down normally.
This occurs when midline of your upper teeth doesn’t line up with the middle of your lower teeth.
This is when gaps in your teeth occur, they can be small gaps or result from missing teeth. They may complicate the fit of your mouth and lead to jaw asymmetry and may result in a closed, deep or collapsed bite.
Occurs when only the top teeth can be seen when you bite your teeth together normally.
Trembath Dental offer hygiene maintenance to their patients as they undergo orthodontic treatment to keep on top of dental issues.
Dr Paul Trembath works closely with one of Brisbane’s leading orthodontic specialists. With his in depth knowledge and understanding of the teeth, jaws and mouth, he can give his patients a thorough and skilled orthodontic assessment. To book in yours today, call our friendly team on ph. (07) 3849 2711