Hall Dental Centre

Orthodontic Treatment & Early Intervention

Orthodontic treatment is used to prevent and correct 'bite' irregularities.

The earlier, the better when it comes to Orthodontics.

Crooked teeth often hamper self-esteem and make good oral homecare difficult. 'Bite' irregularities that can be caused by:

  • Genetic Factors
  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Damaging oral habits such as thumb sucking and developmental problems

At Hall Dental, we'll monitor any irregularities during regular visits to ensure that we stay on top of it. We recommend that all children have an initial orthodontic evaluation before they turn 8 years old.

Why does early orthodontic treatment make sense?

In cases where children present with severe orthodontic irregularities, early intervention can:

  • Enhance self-confidence with a beautiful smile
  • Increase the likelihood of:
    • proper jaw growth
    • properly aligned teeth
    • properly spaced adult teeth
  • Reduce the risk of:
    • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
    • Childhood cavities
    • Periodontal disease
    • Tooth decay
    • Impacted adult teeth
    • Protracted orthodontic treatments in later years
    • Speech problems
    • Tooth, gum and jawbone injury

When can my child begin orthodontic treatment?

There are three main age-related stages when your child should begin orthodontic treatment.

Stage 1: Early treatment – 2-6 years old Early orthodontic treatment can help guide and regulate the width of both dental arches. The main goal? Provide enough space for teeth to erupt correctly. You may consider early orthodontic treatment for your child if:

  • They have difficulty biting properly
  • Loose their baby teeth early
  • They experience jaw clicking
  • They use their mouth to breathe (as opposed to their nose)

During the early treatment phase, we'll work with your child to curb orthodontically harmful habits such as thumb-sucking and can provide dental appliances to improve jaw growth, hold space for adult teeth or to prevent shifting into undesired areas.

Stage 2: Middle Dentition – 6- 12 years old Middle detention marks a developmental period where soft and hard tissues are extremely pliable – it's the best time to correct severe malocclusion. The goal during this stage might include realigning wayward jaws, correcting cross-bites and to begin the process of gently straightening permanent teeth.

We might recommend a dental appliance such as braces. Regardless of the appliance, your child will still be able to speak, eat and chew in a normal fashion.

Of course, children who are fitted with fixed dental appliances should take extra care to clean the entire oral region each day. This can help to reduce staining, decay and later cosmetic damage.

Stage 3: Adolescent Dentition – 13+ Teenagers! What springs to most parents minds is braces to straighten permanent teeth and improve their smiles.

Typically during this period, we'll recommend either fixed or permanent braces to gradually straighten teeth if need be. We can also recommend retainers to prevent the regression of teeth to their original alignment.

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All services provided by general dentists: Dr. Paul Hall, Dr. Pauline Hall and Dr. Todd ZoBell