Children may need orthodontic treatment (braces) for a number of reasons, including correcting crooked, overlapping, or crowded teeth or the way jaws align and teeth bite together.
Your child's dentist may be the first to notice problems during a dental check-up and recommend that you see an orthodontist (a dentist who specialises in correcting jaw and/or teeth alignment problems).
There is no set age for a child's first orthodontist visit — some kids go when they're 6, some go when they're 10, and some go while they're teens. Even adults may need orthodontic treatment.
Some benefits of wearing braces might include:
- Improved appearance.
- Easier tooth and gum cleaning.
- Prevention of tooth wear.
- Help with speech problems.
- Improved long term oral health.
SA Dental staff can provide information about orthodontic treatment, including eligibility criteria for private or public treatment and costs involved.