Past patient’s thoughts on his treatment at 8 years of age

Dr. Kier Daly advises that orthodontic treatment gives patients an attractive smile, a wonderful asset they will have for the rest of their lives. This will boost their self-confidence, self-esteem, and can benefit both social and career success. Additionally, it can improve a person’s general attitude toward life.

What is the ideal age for Orthodontic Treatment? What our mums think!

Between 8 to 10 years of age is often the optimum time for Early Preventative Orthodontic Treatment to give your child the very best care possible. This approach results in the prevention of more invasive orthodontic treatments that are frequently required for teenagers and adults.

1. Prevention of Thumb Sucking Habits

  • Thumb-sucking habits can lead to protruding front teeth and result in a narrow smile.

  • Start a conversation with your child about their thumb-sucking habit and encourage them to stop
  • Children suck their thumbs for a lot of reasons, often emotional. Using an anti-thumb-sucking appliance can stop the habit and correct the narrow smile

Discover how to prevent thumb-sucking habits in children to avoid dental issues like protruding front teeth and narrow smiles. Learn about effective solutions, including anti-thumb-sucking appliances, to encourage early intervention.

Rose was sucking her thumb, which was creating an open bite at the front of her smile, and a gap between her two front teeth, which she had the habit of sticking her tongue through. To tackle this we placed two buttons on the back of her two front teeth, to stop her habit of sticking her tongue through it. Following this we then placed a thumb guard on her hand for six weeks to break the habit. This treatment alone, allowed her bite to close. We then waited for her teeth to grow naturally before placing braces and aligning the teeth.

2. Prevention of Trauma with Prominent Front Teeth

  • Larger upper front teeth may impede the progress of the lower jaw development.

  • The optimal time to delve into orthodontics is typically between 8 and 10 years of age.

  • Keep a watchful eye on the prominent front teeth as they are vulnerable to falls and sport-related accidents.

Children with PROMINENT FRONT TEETH can often be best treated between 8 to 10 years of age as their front teeth are prone to damage by accidents such as tripping or falling off a bicycle. Often prominent teeth are associated with slow development of the lower jaw. Following a detailed examination and GROWTH ANALYSIS (dana video) various types of growth modification may be recommended at this age to help harmonise the growth patterns of the upper and lower jaws.

This treatment will start using a MIXED DENTITION EXPANDER to create more room for the correct alignment of the upper front teeth. Following this we need to focus on repositioning the upper incisors inside the safety of the upper and lower lip which is accomplished by INCISOR RETRACTION WITH A 2 BY 4 APPLAINCE.

GROWTH MODIFICATION WITH A NIGHT BRACE may also be necessary to encourage lower jaw growth to catch up with the upper jaw.

In more severe cases the TIMELY REMOVAL OF UPPER FIRST PREMOALR TEETH may be necessary to allow for the correct positioning of the upper front teeth to allow for OPTIMUM AESTHETICS, HEALTH AND FUNCTION.

3. Prevention Of Crossbites And Narrow Smiles

  • Crossbite occurs when the upper teeth rest inside the lower teeth

  • This causes misalignment, which can result in jaw issues and uneven tooth wear

  • A narrow smile is often due to a narrow upper jaw

Children with CROSSBITES AND NARROW SMILES can often be best treated between 8 to 10 years of age, using a MIXED DENTITION EXPANDER to allow for the optimum development of the rest of the teeth and bite and failure to do so can result in the lower jaw and the chin growing to one side.

4. Prevention Of Crossbites On The Front Teeth

  • Aesthetic concerns on the front teeth, which are most visible when smiling
  • Crossbites cause misalignment, uneven tooth wear and jaw discomfort
  • Best ages are between 8-10 before any long-term damage to the teeth occurs

Children with CROSSBITES ON THE FRONT TEETH can often be best treated between 8 to 10 years of age to allow for the optimum development of the rest of the teeth and bite. This usually involves using a MIXED DENTITION EXPANDER to create more room for the correct alignment of the upper front teeth followed by INCISOR ALIGNEMNT WITH A 2 BY 4 APPLIANCE.

5. Prevention Of The Development Of Deep Overbites

  • When the upper front teeth significantly overlap the lower front teeth
  • Common issues which occur are crooked teeth, jaw function, aesthetics, and tooth wear
  • A consultation with Dr Kieran Daly to assess the cause and to find the best possible treatment

Children with DEEP OVERBITES are often optimally treated initially between 8 to 10 years of age and treatment is centered around unlocking the bite with A MIXED DENTITION EXOPANDER followed by INCISOR INTRUSION WITH A 2 BY 4 APPLIANCE followed by night time wear of a BITE PLANE RETAINER.

6. Prevention of the Development of Underbites

  • An underbite is when lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth

  • This treatment could be for you if you’ve concerns about your bite, issues chewing, speech problems, aesthetic self-image

  • Treatment at a young age can side step wear on the teeth and can aid the development of a positive self-image

Children with UNDERBITES are optimally treated initially between 8 to 10 years of age and treatment is most often centred around accelerating growth in the upper jaw. In children this can often be achieved using a MIXD DENTITION EXPANDER with or without a REVERSE NIGHT BRACE

7. Prevention of the Impaction of Teeth

  • This is where a tooth fails to emerge fully into its expected position in the child’s smile

  • Impacted teeth can cause misalignment, crowding and an uneven smile

  • Treatment at a young age of 8 to 10 years cause help avoid other issues such as wear on the teeth if treated at a younger age

There is often a unique opportunity to PREVENT THE IMPACTION OF TEETH between 8 to 10 years of age which is often as simple as the TIMELY REMOVAL OF DECIDUOUS (BABY) TEETH with or without the use of a MIXED DENTITION EXPANDER.

8. Prevention of the Development of Overcrowding

  • Genetics can play a part in overcrowding if the jaw develops too narrow or small

  • Loosing baby teeth prematurely can disrupt the natural spacing in the child’s smile, leading to overcrowding as adjacent teeth may drift into the vacant space
  • In some cases removing one or more teeth may be the best course of action to create a perfectly aligned smile

Children with OVERCROWDING can often be best treated between 8 to 10 years of age and the prevention of the development of OVERCROWDING can often be achieved by using a MIXED DENTITION EXPANDER with or without SERIAL REMOVAL OF PREMOLAR TEETH and a 2 BY 4 APPLIANCE.

9. Prevention of Anterior Openbites

  • Fast treatment time

  • Small minor adjustments

  • A second course of treatment can be necessary to get a perfect smile for your child, once all the adult teeth have grown down

Children with ANTERIOR OPEN BITES can often be best treated between 8 to 10 years of age and this is often achieved by the use of A MIXED DENTITION EXPANDER followed by INCISOR EXTRUSSION WITH A 2 BY 4 APPLAINCE with or without SERIAL REMOVAL OF PREMOLAR TEETH.

10. Treatment of Hypo Minearlised First Permanent Molar Teeth

  • Sealants and Fillings: Explore options like dental sealants and fillings to protect and strengthen hypo-mineralized first permanent molars.

  • Best treated between 8 to 10 years of age.

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Children with HYPOMINEARLISED FIRST PERMANENT MOLAR TEETH can often be best treated between 8 to 10 years of age and treatment can involve any of treatments described above depending on the underlying malocclusion and often involves the TIMELY REMOVAL OF THE HYPOMINERALISED FIRST MOLAR TEETH.