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Most people know about orthodontics as moving teeth to make one have straight teeth. Many children nowadays have braces to correct crookedteeth. To make your child’s teeth fit into a small jaws, most orthodontists would traditionally extract teeth to make room for the teeth to fit into thejaw. Recent studies have shown that this has severe consequences of causingyour child to snore and have facial distortion. So your child has straightteeth but will suffer from sleep apnea and poorly formed face. Is it worth it?

What if we think about it another way? If your child’s teeth is crowded, what if the dentists at Family Dental Care Grovedale can create room in your child’s jaw with functional appliances and allow for all their teeth to fit? This means NO EXTRACTION of good healthy adult teeth and the child has better airway and grow to their full potential. That is the aim wehave orthodontically at Geelong Family Dental Care. It’s what we call orthopaedic rather than orthodontic changes.

When a child has crowded teeth or grinds their teeth at night at a very young age, there is a high possibility of that it is due to some sort of airway issue. When a child is unable to breathe through their nose, they will naturally want to breathe through their mouth. This creates abnormal breathing and swallowing patterns. When this occurs, their tongue is postured downwards on their lower jaw rather than their upper jaw. This prevents the upper jaw from growing to its full potential, causing constrictionof the upper jaw and hence the airway. The earlier we pick these things up, the better success we have of creating a better airway and being able to treat your child orthodontic issues with no extraction of healthy teeth, so there is no better time than now to book your child in for an assessment of their crowdedteeth (the upper jaw is close to 80% grown at 8 years old!). At Family DentalCare Grovedale, we want your child to grow to their best potential, making them breathe better and have straighter teeth. This can mean better grades at schoolas well!

The orthopaedic changes we do affects the overall health of the patient. And these start from birth! From the day the infant breastfeeds to the nutrition they consume to the way they breathe, we discuss/manage all these so that the teeth, jaws, airways are well aligned and functions well for the perfect smile and face. As the saying goes, “what works well looks good”. So a good looking face, will probably mean a better functioning airway and jaw. Seeing them grow to their maximum potential is our greatest reward in orthodontics.

 

How is no extraction orthodontics achieved?

Dr Beng So and his team at Geelong Family Dental Care will assess what is going on with the patient. We need to find out any habits(tongue thrust, thumb sucking etc) that maybe causing the problem. Radiographs and photos will be taken to assess things. Once we know what is going on, corrective plates such as bionators, myobrace, herbst are used to aid orthopaedic changes and to get rid of poor habits. The dentists at Geelong Family Dental Care will advise you on what we want you and your child to practice doing at home and what orthodontic plates is suitable for the patient.