Early Treatment

Early Treatment - Manly OrthoAt Manly Orthodontics it is part of our philosophy to minimize future treatment by intervening at an early stage. The Australian Society of Orthodontics recommends a first assessment by a registered Specialist Orthodontist at age 8 to 10 years. This is typically when the adult teeth begin to appear and developmental problems of the jaws and teeth become apparent.

Bringing your child for assessment at an early age doesn’t mean that he or she will need braces right away though. It simply allows the orthodontist to find problems early and decide the best time to start treatment by keeping an eye on the development of the jaws and eruption of the teeth.

The majority of orthodontic treatment is carried out when your child has most of his or her adult teeth. This could begin any time between the ages of 10 and 14 years. There are however a number of problems that should be treated early like extra teeth, cross bites, jaw growth problems, snoring and thumb sucking. Treating these problems early can reduce the complexity of future treatment or even eliminate the need for it altogether.