Limited earlier age treatment that can save a lot of complex issues and cost later on.
This treatment option is reserved for our younger patients, generally up to around 12 years of age.
They are powerful removable appliances used to correct the jaws of those patients where their lower jaw is not growing forward as much as their top jaw and as a result a large distance develops between their top and bottom teeth.
People often think that this gap is due to the top teeth “sticking out”, but generally it is due to the lower jaw being too far back.
At Toowong orthodontics we have a particular interest and experience with these removable appliances, using them to correct jaw imbalances in our younger patients for decades.
This will result in an improved facial profile and chin which can only be done when the child or teen is growing, so an early consultation is highly recommended.
If needed the jaw width is also orthopedically increased and this generally results in the keeping of permanent teeth that would otherwise need extraction.
Once the jaws have been corrected to the ideal position and shape, the patient typically has a year or so rest from the orthodontist while the remaining permanent teeth erupt into the mouth.
If braces are needed to align crowded or rotated teeth, then this is done with fixed braces when all the permanent teeth have fully erupted.
Contact us for a consultation to see if this is relevant to your child.