Diagnosing and treating some common problems early is very important, like crowded teeth or maintaining space to prevent impacted teeth. Early treatment may help your teeth grow more appropriately and minimise the severity of a future problem. Early treatment may also reduce the length and difficulty of any subsequent treatment.
Some young children who breath through their mouth – often because of chronic allergies or nasal passage problems – can develop significant jaw problems which will affect the growth and development of their teeth. If Dr Saicich sees these children early and identifies a problem, he can treat the problem early to reduce further complications.
The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist between the age of seven and nine. At this time, most of the front adult teeth have erupted as well as the first adult molars. This allows Dr Saicich to assess your child’s developing teeth, jaw and face alignment and recommend appropriate treatment.
Expanders are used to widen the top teeth and are most effective if they are not removable. Problems like a crossbite on the back teeth and mild crowding are treated with expanders. Expanders can also be used to simply widen your arch to give you a broader, fuller smile or to broaden the top teeth of people who consistently breath through their mouth.
Space maintainers are a very important but often neglected part of orthodontic treatment.
Many parents believe that if a baby tooth is lost early due to decay, it is an advantage. However, if a baby tooth is lost too early, surrounding baby teeth often move to fill the space of the underlying adult tooth which may not be due to erupt for a few years. This can cause crowding or impacted teeth. If your child has a baby tooth removed early, you should consult an orthodontist soon after.
A simple, robust and strong space maintainer that is glued in keeps the space from closing so the adult tooth can erupt into its ideal place.