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Nurturing Smiles at Broadbeach Orthodontics

A child’s smile is a precious gift, and we want to ensure that its healthy development goes beyond aesthetic concerns. 

Early orthodontic assessment plays a pivotal role in guiding children towards a lifetime of confident and comfortable smiles. 

Your registered Specialist Orthodontist can identify potential orthodontic issues at an early age, allowing for timely intervention and effective treatment. 

A growth and monitoring program for kids typically refers to a structured approach to tracking and supporting a child’s physical, mental, and emotional development as they grow. These programs often involve a combination of medical assessments, educational interventions, and parental guidance to ensure children are reaching their milestones and developing in a healthy and balanced manner.

Broadbeach Orthodontics Early Assessment Process:

An early orthodontic assessment is simple and fun! It typically involves a photographs of the face and teeth, and request for digital x-rays if needed, and a 3D video of the teeth. Dr Amesha has worked with kids for a long time and her easy going, warm friendly nature allows her little patients to feel at ease.

We will assess any habits, the alignment of teeth, jaw relationships, and facial proportions. Based on the findings, she can recommend various treatment options, which may include orthodontic appliances, braces, or other forms of intervention. In most instances your child would only require monitoring in our complimentary GrowthGrace program, until ready for comprehensive treatment if needed.

Early orthodontic assessment is a proactive step towards ensuring the optimal oral health and well-being of children. By identifying and addressing potential orthodontic issues during the developmental years, parents and orthodontic professionals can work together to create a foundation for a lifetime of healthy, confident smiles. If your child is approaching the age of 7, consider scheduling an early orthodontic assessment to provide them with the best chances of a beautiful and harmonious smile. Remember, nurturing their smiles today can pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.

How our GrowthGrace Monitoring Program works?

Broadbeach Orthodontic’s Growth Grace Program is a specialised approach to tracking and managing the dental and facial development of children. Orthodontics focuses on the alignment of teeth and jaws, and early intervention can help address potential issues and guide proper growth.

Initial Assessment: The program begins with an initial assessment by an orthodontist. This assessment may include  a request for X-rays (if required), photographs, and a digital 3D scan to evaluate the child’s current dental and facial structure.

Bespoke Customised Treatment Plans: Based on the child’s specific needs and the assessment of their growth, the orthodontist will create a customised treatment plan. This plan outlines the recommended interventions and the timeline for each stage of treatment.

Early Intervention: If any orthodontic issues or irregularities are identified, the program may recommend early intervention. This could involve orthodontic treatments such as braces, expanders, or other appliances to guide the growth of the teeth and jaws and correct problems before they become more severe.

Periodic Adjustments: For children undergoing orthodontic treatment (e.g., wearing braces), regular adjustments and check-ups are scheduled. During these visits, the orthodontist will make necessary changes to the appliances to ensure proper alignment and progress.

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Monitoring Growth: Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor the child’s growth and development. These appointments allow the orthodontist to track changes and make adjustments to the treatment plan as needed.

Dental Health Education: The program may include educational components to teach children and their parents about proper dental hygiene and care. This helps maintain oral health and supports the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment.

Transition to Comprehensive Orthodontics: Depending on the child’s age and the nature of their orthodontic issues, the growth and monitoring program might transition into comprehensive orthodontic treatment as they get older. This phase could involve more advanced treatments to achieve the desired results.

Collaboration with Other Specialists: In some cases, the orthodontist might work in collaboration with other dental specialists, such as oral surgeons or speech therapists, to address complex issues that impact both orthodontic and overall oral health.

Parental Involvement: Parental involvement is crucial throughout the program. Parents are educated about the treatment process, oral care, and any necessary lifestyle changes to ensure the success of the orthodontic treatment.

Long-Term Maintenance: After the active phase of orthodontic treatment is complete, the child may be provided with a retainer or other devices to help maintain the results and prevent relapse.

It’s important to consult with a qualified orthodontist to determine the best approach for your child’s orthodontic needs. Every child is unique, and the specifics of the program will depend on their individual circumstances.

The Key Role of Early Assessment:

Early orthodontic assessment involves evaluating a child’s dental and facial development to identify any potential issues before they become more pronounced. This assessment is typically recommended around the age of 7, as the child’s permanent teeth are beginning to erupt. During this phase, the jawbone and teeth are still developing, making it an opportune time to detect and address concerns that may impact their oral health in the long run.

7 Benefits of Early Orthodontic Assessment:

  1. Timely Intervention: Early assessment allows orthodontists to identify issues like crowding, spacing, and bite problems before they worsen. This timely intervention can prevent more extensive and invasive treatments later in life.
  2. Growth Guidance: Monitoring a child’s growth patterns helps orthodontists guide the development of the jaw and facial structures, ensuring they harmonise well with the teeth. This can minimise the need for extensive corrective procedures as the child grows.
  3. Enhanced Treatment Efficacy: Addressing orthodontic issues during childhood, when the jaw and teeth are still adaptable, often leads to quicker and more effective treatment outcomes.
  4. Improved Oral Health: Early assessment can uncover habits such as thumb-sucking or mouth breathing that may be negatively affecting dental and facial development. Addressing these habits early on can contribute to improved overall oral health.
  5. Boosted Confidence: Correcting orthodontic issues during childhood can have a positive impact on a child’s self-esteem and confidence. A well-aligned smile can help children feel more comfortable and confident in social interactions.
  6. Speech and Chewing: Properly aligned teeth play a crucial role in speech development and effective chewing. Early intervention can aid in addressing any challenges related to speech or eating.
  7. Reduced Treatment Complexity and Costs: By addressing concerns early, orthodontic treatment can be less complicated and potentially more affordable than waiting until issues have worsened.

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