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Kids Orthodontics

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Just like everything in dental, identifying issues early is important. If you are concerned about your child's teeth or bite book them in for a consultation with the team at Northside Orthodontics while they are still young.  

Yes, they may still have some 'baby teeth' but an early consultation with our specialist orthodontist allows us to evaluate the existing and incoming teeth. This then means we can start planning for any treatment they may need now or in the future. 

When should I first visit the Orthodontist?

It's best to schedule your child's first orthodontic consultation with us between the ages of 7 and 10. By this time the first permanent molars are typically present and we are able to check for any developing malocclusion or misalignment. 

There are several signs to look out for that can determine whether your child needs to visit an orthodontist for an early consultation including:

  • Early loss of baby teeth (age five or earlier)

  • Your child's teeth do not meet when they biting

  • Snoring and/or Mouth breathing

  • Crowded or protruding front teeth

  • Biting and/or Chewing difficulty

  • Speech impediments

  • Your child's jaw shifts when they open their mouth

  • Thumb sucking past the age of five

Every smile is different, but if you notice any of these signs in your child, get in touch with the team at Northside Orthodontics to schedule a kid's orthodontic consultation.

Why visit an orthodontist early?

It's all about identifying problem areas early and beginning to plan for treatment to correct your kid's smile. Although treatment may not begin straight away, visiting our team of specialist orthodontists for an early consultation will help us identify any teeth or jaw problems early.

Early orthodontic treatment (also known as Phase One) can be quicker and more effective as your child's jaw bone is still soft. Intervening early can allow us to lay the foundations for a happy, healthy smile as your child moves through their teens into adulthood and may prevent future orthodontic treatment.