YOUR CHILD’S SMILE JOURNEY
We have worked hard to create an orthodontic environment where everyone is made to feel welcome, and that includes our younger patients.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first visit to an orthodontist occur no later than 7 years of age. At this stage, we can guide your child’s growth and dental development and minimize or prevent more serious problems later in life. Earlier intervention can reduce treatment complexity, which is less costly for you.
Especially important where baby teeth have been lost early.
Correcting cross bites usually restores facial symmetry.
Early treatment may help to prevent the need for extractions, extensive orthodontic treatment and jaw surgeries later in life. Some problems require treatment during periods of growth in order to provide the best result possible for the child.
When you come in for your appointment, a Specialist Orthodontist will do an evaluation of your child’s mouth. We won’t necessarily recommend or begin any treatments (they may be doing just fine on their own!) but we will be able to formulate a plan that can be implemented in the coming years if we notice anything awry. Goals of early treatment usually are for correcting negative oral habits, damaging bites, or creation of space for the developing teeth.
Book your child in for an early orthodontic consultation with the friendly team at ValleyView Orthodontics and start them on the road to a smile that will last a lifetime. Let’s ensure they have a happy, healthy smile for years to come.
We fit both braces and Invisalign for kids. Invisalign is becoming a more popular option for children; however, if traditional braces are the way to go, we have a great colour selection to make the process more enjoyable.
We will work with you to determine the most cost-effective option to suit your budget. Payment plan options are also available; speak to us to find out more.
We are happy to work with you to devise a plan that suits your financial situation and payment options.
We offer discrete treatment with price transparency. We are dedicated to creating beautiful and healthy smiles.
It’s unlikely your child will need to have orthodontic treatment at the age of seven, but it’s the ideal age for the examination and monitoring period to occur.
Braces and Invisalign are reliable, standard methods of straightening your child’s teeth and correctly aligning their jaw, but sometimes orthodontists require added support — a palate expander — to transform your child’s smile.
A palatal expander may be recommended for your child for a variety of reasons but the main indication is to correct a dental condition called a crossbite. Normally, upper teeth should overlap lower teeth when they come together during biting and chewing. A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth come in contact inside (or behind) the lower teeth.
If your child does not have a crossbite, the amount of expansion that can be done is limited. This is due to the fact that the lower jaw cannot be expanded and therefore, the upper jaw can only be expanded slightly. Additionally, the upper jaw will likely shrink and go back to its original width a few years later.
Mouth breathing can affect the position of your teeth and your bite. When the mouth is open, the lips are weak and there’s no external support for the teeth. The tongue simultaneously pushes forward, progressively moving the teeth over time. This can cause problems with orthodontic treatment. Time spent in braces will be longer, and the chance that the results won’t be permanent is far higher.
As time passes, mouth breathing shifts your child’s facial structures, potentially leading to: crooked teeth and overcrowding, uneven face and jaw symmetry, noticeable deformities, overly visible gums, a narrow mouth and persistent pain.
One of our specialists can examine your child’s mouth and let you know what effects mouth breathing has had and made a recommendation for treatment that will help.