How young do kids start Orthodontics?
If your child’s teeth aren’t straight or their jaws aren’t lining up, the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends an early examination or screening for kids between the ages of eight and 10 years.
I read that some kids are going to the orthodontist as young as seven. But if they’re not old enough for braces yet, why are they getting them?
Orthodontics is all about proper assessment and about making some sort of prediction about the “best time for intervention”. It’s important to intervene in a timely manner, whether it’s doing something for your child’s teeth as an early intervention or leaving it for a definitive treatment (such as teenager braces) at a more appropriate time.
A lot of a child’s dental problems are often overcome through growth. Eg, if overcrowded, adult-sized teeth are coming through in a little kid’s jaw, their teeth won’t change size but their jaw may grow to give enough space for them to erupt properly.
With any early intervention, we try to be practical because there’s a big risk that kids will burn out of having dental or orthodontic treatment.
Read the full article to find out what every parent needs to know before you worry about braces…
You can find out more about Orthodontics at our free information night in November – keep reading for more details…
News around our practice
It’s great to see Darryl back in the practice, hobbling around in a “moon boot”, after breaking his foot. He’s taking each day one hop at a time!
Both of our Robyns have welcomed new puppies into their families. Robyn Schmidt and Bella have a new miniature Schnauzer “Little Schmidty”, and Robyn Russell’s family welcomed “Benny” the Labradoodle.
This month many of our team are doing further education and training seminar’s.
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Before and after a dental bridge and crown by Today’s Dentistry
What are Bridges and Crowns?
A crown is a hardwearing dental cap which restores a tooth’s shape and protects your own natural tooth below. The ceramic material of a crown strengthens your tooth and gives your smile a beautifully natural look.
Dental bridges replace a missing tooth or teeth by placing a ceramic tooth in a gap that is held in place by crowns on the surrounding teeth. Crowns and bridges are an excellent alternative to dentures that give you a strong and natural looking smile.
Our upcoming free info evenings
Following the success of our Missing teeth options seminar in May we are hosting two further free information evenings this year:
Please share these events with friends or family who might be interested.
School holiday dress up competition
During the winter school holidays, our little patients got to come to their dental appointment dressed up as their favourite character.
Well done to our winner, ‘Harry Potter’ Olliver, who won a $50 movie voucher!
Throughout this competition we also welcomed Instagram to the practice – we’d love you to follow us on Instagram.
Happy Dental Health Week!
The beginning of August celebrates Dental Health Week! This year the Australian Dental Association (ADA) chose to focus on women and oral health.
Often women look after the people in their lives yet can neglect their own dental health needs, particularly at key developmental times in their lives such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
In dental health week we highlighted various aspects of women’s oral health, and invite you to ‘like’ our Facebook page to share this info with the women in your life.