Markham Street Dental

When can my child start braces?

Dental braces in Armidale, NSW are designed to straighten teeth and improve a misaligned bite. Generally, we can evaluate children for braces at around age seven, but this may be too early to consider braces in some cases. However, our Armidale, NSW dentist pays close attention to the way your child’s teeth come in, and age seven is a good time to start phase I orthodontics.

Phase I orthodontics, or the pre-braces phase, may call for orthodontic expanders. A palatal expander widens the upper jaw to help teeth line up from top to bottom, and it is often a precursor to phase II orthodontics or traditional braces.

Braces may come into play shortly after phase I orthodontics.

Braces in Armidale are designed to correct the following issues and guide teeth to their optimal positions:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Twisted teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

In addition to providing your child with a more attractive smile, braces may help with cavities and erosion because straight teeth are easier to brush and floss. Additionally, an aligned bite generally saves wear on enamel. We offer tooth-coloured and metal braces in Armidale. 

Ultimately, an evaluation in our Armidale, NSW dental clinic is recommended to determine whether braces are right for your child and at what age. We look forward to meeting your family.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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