Create a healthy foundation for a well-functioning mouth
Orthodontics refers to the treatment of correcting misaligned teeth and jaws.

This treatment is not just for children and is available for all age groups. Many adults choose to have orthodontic treatment for both health and cosmetic reasons. Having orthodontic treatment can alleviate many issues ranging from feelings of insecurity when smiling, to problems with speaking and chewing. Having misaligned teeth and jaws can cause some other health issues as well, such as snoring and sleep apnoea.

In children, there are some signs to look for when deciding if they may benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Have you noticed any of the following in your child?
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Snoring and mouth breathing
  • Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Thumb sucking past the age of 5
  • Crowded, crooked or misplaced teeth
  • Underbite or overbite

If you have, then they may benefit from early orthodontic intervention. Early orthodontic treatment is ideal for children, as their jaw bones are still soft and developing. This means that treatment time is usually quicker, as well as more effective compared to teens or adults since their bones have not hardened (this usually occurs during their late teen years).

Starting orthodontic treatment early in children helps create a healthy foundation for a well-functioning mouth in adulthood.