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Orthodontics treatment for children and teens

Early diagnosis and treatment is vital for achieving optimal results with orthodontics. If a condition is discovered when a child’s teeth are still developing, it can often be corrected with minimal fuss and, in some cases, may not require a brace.

Book a consultation with the team at the Straight Smile Centre™ and learn about the benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners and braces for children and teens. If treatment is recommended, we’ll provide your child with a customised treatment plan and estimated treatment times.

Straight Smile Centre – Family Care Program

As part of our ongoing commitment to our patients and the community we would like to make you aware of our Family Care Program.

The program offers a free initial consultation to any of your family members.

This includes diagnostic photographs, X-rays and a comprehensive orthodontic examination. Family discounts will also be applied when more than one family member commences full braces or Invisalign treatment.

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Your consultation includes free records, x-rays and a digital smile simulation valued at $164.

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When should my child see an orthodontist?

The Australian Association of Orthodontists recommends that an initial orthodontic evaluation occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems and no later than seven years old. Although orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this early stage, it is important to have a thorough examination so problems can be anticipated and corrected before it’s too late.

By the age of seven the first adult molars break through, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist will be able to evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. Catching these problems early can reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment later. And, if orthodontic intervention isn’t necessary at this early stage, we can carefully monitor the growth and development of your child's teeth and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Benefits of braces for children

Some of the most direct results of early treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry and harmony by influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Types of treatments for children and teens

Most of our treatment plans can be customised for small smiles. Additionally, we offer a range of traditional and discreet options that will give your child the confidence they need to keep smiling big - even while undergoing treatment!

  • Self-ligating metal braces
  • Tooth-coloured ceramic braces
  • Invisalign® clear aligners
  • Invisalign® First

We are recognised for our effective results with Invisalign® treatment

We are the only Blue Diamond Invisalign® provider in Adelaide and proudly offer Invisalign® First, an Invisalign® treatment specially made for children ages 6-10. This innovative system uses a series of clear, tray-like aligners instead of metal brackets. Each set of aligners is slightly different from the last, applying gentle pressure to guide your child’s teeth into place.

Invisalign® clear aligners are extremely effective at treating a number of misalignments that are common in young children and teens.

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Benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners for young patients

  • Removeable. Children and teens can simply take out their clear aligners in order to continue enjoying their favourite foods, play sports, and practise instruments.
  • Discreet treatment. The clear aligners are nearly invisible - making them less noticeable to peers.
  • Suitable for all ages. Invisalign® treatment works on any number of misalignments for patients as young as six years old.
  • Fast results. We have customisable solutions that can fix minor misalignments in as little as three months.

Early Treatment

Braces designed for lasting results

Braces are a great way to straighten your teeth and realign your bite. At the Straight Smile Centre™, we use the self-ligating Innovation braces system to get your child faster results. These durable braces use a series of customised metal brackets and archwires designed specifically for your child’s smile. But, instead of rubber bands, it uses a slide mechanism to hold the archwire in place. This creates less friction, increases comfort, and decreases the amount of in-person visits you need to have!

Our young patients who would benefit from braces but want a more discreet option can also opt for ceramic brackets. These are custom made to match the natural colour of the tooth, helping them blend in - right in plain sight.

Growth modification

Growth modification refers to the use of appliances (e.g. plates) to either encourage or discourage the growth of the jaws in order to improve their relationship and thus improve the bite as well as the child’s facial appearance. Timing is important in growth modification, as the effects are larger when the child is actively growing. Mild to moderate jaw discrepancies can prevent the ideal placement of teeth, resulting in a poor bite and complications later in life.

Book your child in for a free appointment at the Straight Smile Centre™ today to find out if they could benefit from early orthodontic treatment.

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Correcting jaw alignment

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for improving the aesthetics of your smile; it will also help correct a bad bite. Known as malocclusion, a bad bite occurs as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment which can affect the way you smile, chew and clean your teeth.

According to studies both here in Australia and overseas, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to brush and floss properly, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. More importantly, there is a growing body of evidence that gum infections can contribute to systemic disease like cardiovascular problems.

Furthermore, protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping; cross bites can result in unfavourable growth and uneven tooth wear; and open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

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