Frequently Asked Questions
The biggest benefit of early intervention orthodontics is limiting or preventing the need for orthodontic work when your child is a teenager or young adult.
Phase one treatment usually occurs at around 8 or 9 years old, and although this can seem young, correcting issues early on can be extremely beneficial, because of the following benefits:
- Minor issues can be corrected before they escalate
- Room can be made for well-positioned adult teeth to grow through – limiting the need for future treatment
- The mouth, jaw, and teeth and very malleable when your little one is younger – reducing treatment time
- The width of upper and lower arches can be regulated
- Harmful oral habits, like thumb-sucking can be reduced
- Speech and swallowing issues can be rectified
- Reduce the chance of impacted adult teeth
There are many signs that your little one could do with seeing an orthodontist in Swindon and require early intervention orthodontic treatment.
These specifically include common symptoms, such as:
- Crowded front teeth when aged around 7 or 8 years old
- Early or late loss of baby teeth – which are usually lost and replaced between the ages of 5 – 13
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Teeth that don’t meet when the mouth is closed
- Speech impediments
- Mouth breathing
- Protruding teeth
- Continued thumb or finger sucking – after age 5
If this rings true for your child, why not book a consultation with our dental experts to set your mind at ease? You can call our reception team on 01672 516 184 or send us an email and we’ll find you an appointment date and time that suits you.
If you are a dental professional, you may well need to refer child patients for early orthodontic treatment if you are concerned about the appearance, shape, or position of their teeth.
If you are a parent or primary caregiver, you can refer your children yourself and contact an orthodontist of your choosing if you feel they need to be seen.
Referring them early on can make treatment easier, less uncomfortable, and less restrictive than when they are much older when their jaw bones harden and stop growing.
It can also mean that treatment is more successful because parents can more directly oversee the process and the child is young enough that non-compliance isn’t an option!
For more information about early intervention aftercare for your young patients, reach out to the clinic today. Our lovely team can answer any questions you may have and book a consultation for your patient at their earliest convenience.
In most cases, if children have misaligned or malocclusions in their baby teeth, their permanent teeth will grow fine and won’t suffer any long-term effects.
However, for some children with more extensive crookedness, or similar problems, this can present issues with the placement, position, and eruption of adult teeth – making it essential to seek the advice of an experienced orthodontist in Swindon.
After a consultation, you will at least then have all of the information you need – and may find that your initial concerns were unfounded.
If your child does need treatment, even further down the line, you will have also given them a positive first visit – which helps build confidence and limits a fear of dentists from developing.