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Learn More About Your Child’s Orthodontic Journey

At Choonara Orthodontics, we believe in the importance of evaluating patients as early as possible in order to quickly diagnose orthodontic issues and develop the most efficient treatment plan as possible. Our practice agrees with the recommendation made by the American Association of Orthodontists that states that all children should undergo their first orthodontic screening by the time they reach 7 years of age, even though starting orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this time.

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Why Your Child Should Be Screened at an Early Age

By the time a child turns 7, the first front teeth and the back molars have erupted to establish the back bite. At your child’s first visit with us, Dr. Choonara will examine your child’s teeth to look for any common orthodontic issues which may be present or developing such as crowded teeth, spaces between teeth, an overbite, crossbite or a “gummy smile”. When growth and development issues are identified early, Dr. Choonara can determine the best time to begin treatment and talk with you about the types of appliances that can be used to help your child achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Signs To Watch For That May Indicate the Need for Orthodontic Treatment

There are both physical and behavioral signs to watch for in your child that may indicate the need for treatment. Some of the most noteworthy signs and habits to keep an eye out for include:

  • Difficulty chewing and eating
  • Biting the cheeks or roof of the mouth
  • Breathing through the nose
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Misaligned jaw

Advantages of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Teeth and jaws which are misaligned can cause many problems with your child’s oral health to leave your child more susceptible to problems like tooth decay, gum disease and chipping of the teeth. Early orthodontic treatment can prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the teeth and improve your child’s overall life quality. There are numerous advantages associated with getting an early start on orthodontic treatment including:

  • Guiding jaw growth and the erupting adult teeth
  • Saving space for permanent teeth which have yet to come in
  • Reducing or eliminating issues like problems chewing or swallowing food and speech issues
  • Reducing the cost of treatment and shortening the treatment time
  • Can creating optimal facial balance for an improved appearance
  • Boosting your child’s self-esteem and overall confidence

Schedule An Appointment with Your Johannesburg Orthodontist

At Choonara Orthodontics, we provide the highest quality of orthodontic care for children, teens and adults in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Whether you’re interested in Johannesburg metal braces for your child or wonder how you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (011) 678-8090 if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment for your child or yourself. We're proud to provide care to patients in Johannesburg, Randburg, Sandton and Midrand. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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