It is necessary to emphasize the importance of good dental habits at an early age. We encourage children to become regular attenders from the age of 6 months. Hence we recommend all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7

Here’s why:

  • Orthodontist can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
  • While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
  • A check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, or the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommends monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
  • Early treatment may prevent or intercept more problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
  •  Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:
     Guide jaw growth
     Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
    Correct harmful oral habits
    Improve appearance
    Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
    Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
    Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.

Treatment Options:

  • Phase I / interceptive / mixed-dentition treatment – comprehensive orthodontic treatment for patients who still have deciduous (baby) teeth.
  • Monitoring / Observation – these patients need careful monitoring of erupting teeth.
  • Habit appliance – patient who have tongue thrust or finger/thumb sucking habits.
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Questions & Answers

Who is a Paediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists provide oral health care to children from infancy through the teen years. A pediatric dentist caters to the dental needs of children throughout their ever-changing stages of development and to treating conditions and diseases unique to growing individuals.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

Ideally, a child should visit a dentist as soon as his/her first tooth erupts (usually around 6 months of age). The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist no later by his/her first birthday or within six months after the first tooth erupts.

When will my child get his / her 1st teeth?

Children generally begin to get their baby teeth at around 6 months of age. However, they may appear at as early as 4 months of age or as late as 15 months. By around 3 years of age, all 20 baby teeth would have erupted.

When will my child's bray teeth fall out?

Baby teeth typically begin to loosen and fall out to make room for permanent teeth at about 6 years of age. By around 12 years of age, all baby teeth shed and are replaced by permanent teeth. All 32 of the permanent teeth usually erupt by 21 years of age..

When should my child start brushing his /her teeth?

Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft cloth and water. Use a soft toothbrush and water as soon as the first tooth erupts. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily from around 18 months of age. The amount of toothpaste should be increased to a pea-size dollop at 3 years of age. Children require supervised brushing until 8 years of age.

At what age should you schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

you schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

Why should a child have an initial orthodontic check-up?

Your child should get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. By this age orthodontist can spot problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important, because some orthodontic problems are most easily corrected while the child is still growing. If these problems are found early and treated, we could eliminate the possible need for extractions or surgery in the future.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

Will your teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

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