Early orthodontic treatment in Newcastle NSW

Our proactive treatments for young patients help to improve jaw development, align teeth and nip the need for braces in the bud.

ABC Orthodontics, we follow the philosophy of early intervention and non-extraction therapies. With orthopaedics, the growth of a child’s jaw is guided to create enough space for adult teeth to emerge and align. This early orthodontic treatment, also known as pre-treatment, helps dentists to detect and prevent issues that may develop in coming years.

Support a straighter smile in the future and save money in the long run with ABC Orthodontics. We offer a welcoming and fun environment for kids, complete with a Wii and Playstation in our waiting room! Book a No Gap first appointment for early orthodontic treatment in Newcastle NSW today.

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What is early orthodontic treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment takes place before braces, when a child’s jaw is still growing. At this stage, your dentist can identify and treat a range of orthodontic issues, including malocclusion, overcrowding and spacing, before more serious problems develop.

As well as aligning the bite and enhancing facial development, early orthodontic treatment can bring extra health benefits, such as improved airway functioning and healthy dietary habits.


Benefits of early orthodontic treatment

More space for straight teeth

Early treatment helps to make sufficient space for permanent teeth to come in correctly, reducing the risk of requiring extensive dental work such as extractions as an adolescent or adult. This treatment begins while the jawbones are still soft and pliable, meaning procedures can gain results faster than at an older age, laying the groundwork for a healthy mouth in later life.

Healthy oral habits

By targeting behaviours like swallowing, breathing, and positioning of the tongue, early intervention can help your child to develop healthy oral habits and hygiene practices – without the need to navigate around braces.

Greater savings

Preventive treatments are typically less complex and costly than after-the-fact remedies. By identifying and addressing issues before they take effect, you may be able to minimise the expense of your child’s dental work in the long term, potentially even removing the need for future orthodontic interventions altogether. 

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Frequently asked questions

Is early orthodontic treatment necessary?

Early orthodontic treatment is rarely a medical necessity. However, it may be recommended if your child:

  • Loses baby teeth before age five or after age 13
  • Continues to suck their thumb after the age of five
  • Finds it challenging to chew or bite
  • Breathes mostly through the mouth
  • Has a speech impediment
  • Shifts their jaw when opening or closing their mouth
  • Has crowded or protruding teeth

If your child is experiencing any of the above indications, please book a consultation for early orthodontic treatment today. 

Why is early orthodontic treatment important?

Proactive and preventive early orthodontic treatment is important because it can significantly enhance your child’s general oral health throughout adolescence and young adulthood. With the right intervention at the right time, it is possible to identify and rectify habits that could lead to a misaligned bite or crooked teeth in the future if left unresolved. 

To determine whether this is the best option for your child, please book a consultation with one of the friendly dentists at Charlestown Dental Centre today. 

How early can a child get orthodontics?

According to the Australian Society of Orthodontists, children should visit a dentist for the first time between the ages of eight and ten years old. However, if you are concerned that your child may need early orthodontic treatment to prevent serious issues from developing, then we recommend coming in when their first set of adult teeth erupt. This usually occurs around age eight. 

To learn whether your child is eligible for pre orthodontic treatment, please book a consultation at our dental clinic today. 

How much does early orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of early orthodontic treatment varies according to the type, degree and complexity of procedures required. 

At ABC Orthodontics, we personalise every treatment plan and provide written estimates following each initial examination. To confirm the cost of your child’s treatment, please book a consultation at ABC Orthodontics today.