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At what age should a child see an orthodontist?

Our orthodontist's recommendation is for an Orthodontic assessment at age 9.

By this time the first permanent molars and incisors have usually emerged and our orthodontist can see the facial an dental template your child will have for the rest of their lives.

Early treatment at Mountains Orthodontics

Our Orthodontists have a special interest in early care (orthopaedics) including narrow upper jaws, disturbances in jaw growth, tooth development, thumb sucking, poor breathing patterns and restricted airways often associated with sleep apnoea. We call this early care Phase I and is a holistic approach to orthodontic treatment.

By commencing treatment at an early age our orthodontist’s are able to monitor and guide the growth of the jaw to take into account and manage the eruption of permanent teeth. Early Phase I treatment also gives greater flexibility to regulate the width of the upper jaw and space maintenance in the lower jaw.

  • Phase I (plates) predominately treats the face in primary school.
  • Phase II (braces) treats the teeth in high school.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Early orthopaedic treatment "Phase I" can take as little as 6 or 8 months.

There may be a 'holding' period between Phase I and Phase II (Braces). Our orthodontist will continue to monitor your teeth and jaws throughout this time at no additional charge.

Rapid Maxillary Expander (RME or RPE)

Orthodontic problems are not only concerned with the alignment of the teeth but also the position, width and alignment of the jaws. The Rapid Maxillary Expander (RME) is used to correct the latter by expanding narrow dental arches (jaws) to create more room for existing and erupting teeth.

Narrow dental arches are also common contributors to breathing issues and problems with the nasal passage. For example, when the upper jaw is expanded this also serves to expand the air passages to improve air flow and breathing.

To ensure the longevity of this treatment method, after the expansion of the jaw is complete, new bone grows to fill in the gap to prevent any relapse after treatment.

A Herbst orthodontic appliance is designed to correct an overbite by modifying your jaw growth. The combination of the rod and tube will guide your lower jaw slightly forward to promote growth of the lower jaw and correct an overbite. Once the ideal jaw position is achieved, the Herbst remains in place for 10 months to monitor the growth and position of the jaws. The Herbst is used to achieve the optimal orthopaedic position of the jaws and once complete, braces are fitted to correct the alignment of the teeth.

The lingual bar is a device used to maintain the results of treatment. Fitted upon the completion of treatment, the lingual bar is placed behind teeth and remains invisible to onlookers. The lingual bar is often an effective alternative to wearing a plate.

Esthetic braces are the perfect option for patients who desire a straighter smile but are concerned with how braces will affect their appearance and presentation. Esthetic or clear braces work the same was as their metal counterparts, but utilise crystal-clear brackets instead of metal ones. They are an excellent alternative for patients who want are more aesthetically conscious but are not a candidate for clear alignment processes such as Invisalign.

Made of polycrystalline alumina esthetic braces not only blend with the natural colour of your teeth but are also more comfortable on your lips and cheeks. Moreover, clear braces won’t stain or discolour throughout your treatment so your smile will remain look natural throughout your treatment

Used following the completion of orthodontic treatment, retainers help maintain the results achieved through treatment. More specifically, a retainer keeps the teeth in their correct, new position whilst the soft tissues, muscles and jaw structure accommodate the accept this position. A retainer is general worn full time for around 6 months following the completion of treatment, and then during the nights for an additional 12 – 18 months.

Although sports and the pursuit of an active lifestyle is an integral part of our and our children’s lives, it is also the most common cause of dental injury and trauma. These injuries can often lead to the development of painful, lasting problems which often require complex, extensive treatment later in life.

Store bought or ‘boil and bite’ mouthguards can only offer limited protection to your mouth often failing to give any protection to the back molars. Furthermore, they are bulky and uncomfortable, impeding on your breathing and speaking skills.

A custom fitted mouthguard is a small investment to provide the maximum level of protection to your teeth. With their tailored, form fit they precisely cover and protect all the teeth, enhancing your breathing, speech and sporting experience. They are also available in a range of colours and can be tailored to suit most Australian sporting teams.

Contact our experienced team to have one fitted for you and safeguard your smile.

The fixed tongue guard is affixed to the back lower molars and sites behind the teeth of the lower arch, making it difficult to place the thumb or fingers in the mouth. Its primary use is to hold the tongue in place to ensure the correct eruption of the font teeth, however it also helps to maintain the optimal lower arch width.

Thumb and finger sucking as well as tongue thrust can have detrimental effects on the development of ones teeth and jaws and it is advised that these habits are broken by age 6. For this reason, to achieve the best results with orthodontic treatment the fixed tongue guard may be employed to aid in stopping these habits.

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