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Orthodontics for Children

An investment that provides lifetime benefits.

Early orthodontic treatment may eliminate your need for other more complex medical and dental treatment in the future.

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. 



Benefits of Orthodontics for Children

  • Influences growth of the jaws in a positive manner
  • Improves width of the dental arches
  • Prevents the need to extract permanent teeth
  • Prevents the need for jaw and facial surgery
  • Prevents injury to protruded front teeth
  • Corrects harmful oral habits
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence relating to dental and facial appearance
  • Simplifies and shortens treatment time for any future treatment
  • Prevents the impaction of permanent teeth
  • Improves breathing and airways
  • Improves speech development
  • Improves chewing and swallowing
  • Guides permanent teeth into more favourable positions
  • Improves lip closure
  • Preserves or gain space for erupting permanent teeth
  • Reduces damage and strain to muscle/jaw joints
  • Improves ability to maintain good oral hygiene
  • Guides facial growth for a more attractive profile
  • Aids in optimizing other dental treatment


Dr Shimanto can determine whether your child is suitable for early orthodontic treatment at their first visit.

Please contact Norwest Orthodontics on 02 9672 6113 to book an initial consultation to assess your child’s teeth.

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