The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommend an orthodontic assessment at 7 years of age. This is because an early assessment can avoid complicated, invasive and lengthy treatment later in life.
The physical and psychological benefits make orthodontic treatment one of the best investments in healthcare and quality of life.
Many people think that orthodontics involves braces treatment on teenagers. By the age of 7 most children have a combination of baby and adult teeth present. For many children, Dr Shimanto determines that early treatment is not needed. However, at this age Dr Shimanto can identify developing problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth. This is important because most orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are detected early.