Orthodontic Braces for Children

Orthodontist in Heidelberg
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 Why Is It Important To Understand My Child's Teeth From A Young Age?

Detecting problems at a young age and starting treatment early can ensure the best and usually quicker results.

Removable appliances (better known as “plates”) are usually used in children which are still growing and have some primary teeth present. The benefits of a removable appliance is that can be taken out for sports and tooth-brushing.

This early intervention takes advantage of the fact that a child's jaw is still growing. For example, a device called a palatal expander may be used to enlarge the child's jaw. Once the arch is the adequate size, there is a better chance that the adult teeth will emerge naturally where they should.

Such plates can be used before fixed braces, or to help correct minor misalignments, thereby reducing the need for prolonged orthodontic treatment through braces as your child grows.

Which Signs or Symptoms Indicate That Orthodontic Treatment May Be Necessary?


Parents should always watch for the following signs and habits, which could benefit from early intervention and specialised orthodontic treatment:
  • Mouth breathing
  • Prolonged finger or thumb sucking
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting food
  • Constantly knocking front teeth
  • Constantly biting cheeks or lower teeth keep hitting the palate (roof of the mouth)
  • Early or delayed loss of primary teeth 

What is the Cost of Orthodontic Treatment for Children?


Our friendly orthodontists customise all our orthodontic treatments to the specific needs of each child's set of teeth. We do not believe in, or offer, a one-size-fits-all approach and that is why it is important that we assess your child to give you the most accurate prognosis and costs possible.

We offer a range of easy payment options. Our dentist will explain these to you after assessing your child's teeth.

If your child already has orthodontic models, images and / or treatment plans, we will be happy to review them and give your our treatment timelines and costs.

We recommend you book your child for a gap-free orthodontic assessment and allow us to answer all your questions, having understood your specific requirements and circumstances.

To book an appointment, call us on (03) 9459 6300 or you can even book an appointment online.