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Child Orthodontics

Around age 7, unless you suspect a problem at an earlier age.
Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favourable position, preserve space for the permanent teeth and reduce the likelihood of damage to protruded front teeth. In addition, early treatment may shorten comprehensive orthodontic treatment time, making treatment simpler and in some cases eliminating the need for extraction of permanent teeth.
Orthodontic therapy may eliminate other medical and dental problems in the future. The physical and psychological benefits usually last a lifetime, makingorthodontic treatment extremely beneficial in improving one’s quality of life.
Appearance has been related to social behaviours, self-expectation and improved self-esteem. Orthodontic therapy may lessen the likelihood of “teasing” by other children. Treatment may reduce appearance-consciousness and the emotional scarring that can occur during critical developmental years. Due to the malleability of the bony structures, growth modification and improving facial balance is also far easier at an earlier age. As adolescents enter early adulthood, they become far less receptive to orthodontic therapy.
Additional benefits may include better function, improved hygiene, less wear on teeth to reduce the likelihood of fractured tooth syndrome, improved longevity of natural teeth and reduced likelihood of Tempero-mandibular joint problems at a later stage of life.
This is the time when much of the development of the face occurs. Treatment during this period allows the orthodontist to favourably influence the facial profile in a growing child. Once growth of the facial bones is complete, correction of skeletal discrepancies usually requires surgery.
If in doubt go see your orthodontist for a professional opinion. This will make you feel more comfortable and informed. An early opinion can avoid or alleviate complex problems that may worsen over time.

Adult Orthodontics

Patients who have teeth and healthy supporting structures are never too old fororthodontic treatment. Age is not a factor and there are a range of different appliances available for treatment.
Simply ask the question “Are you happy with the appearance of your teeth?” The answer will be your guide to further discussion and a possible patient referral. We value referrals from our existing patients and are always happy to meet new patients and discuss treatment options with them.
Many adults are receiving orthodontic care that was not available to them as children. They realise that improving the health of their mouths and the attractiveness of their smiles and facial appearances can result in a change for the better in their personal, social, and professional lives. Technical advances have also had a positive influence on adult orthodontic treatment.
Advanced technology has produced 3 different types of appliances: Small labial tooth-coloured or Ceramic brackets, Lingual or internal braces and removable clear tray Sequential Aligners that are barely noticeable. New alloyed wires are softer and more comfortable. They help speed up treatment significantly and have decreased the number of necessary appointments. Modern retainers can be placed where they are not visible. Advanced surgical techniques in combination with the braces now also allow treatment of many skeletal problems once growth is completed.