Parents usually have many questions about orthodontic treatment for their children. The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends children between the ages of 8-10 years visit a registered specialist orthodontist for an assessment.
This allows the orthodontist to examine and evaluate your child’s existing and incoming teeth and determine whether or not early treatment might be necessary. Usually treatment will not begin until between one to five years after the initial consultation, it is still helpful in determining whether your child has any problems with the jaw and teeth at an earlier age, when they may be easier to treat. Earlier treatment can also be financially beneficial to correct a potential problem than delayed treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical trauma to the protruding front teeth and reduce emotional distress if teasing is occurring. Also it is important to bear in mind that severely crowded teeth can prevent good oral hygiene.
Early orthodontic treatment is known as Phase One. Phase One aims to correct more serious bite related problems as well as guide the jaw’s growth pattern. Early treatment may also be of help to make extra room in the child’s mouth for permanent teeth to have enough room as they come in.