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For Children

  • Children should be seen for orthodontic consultation as soon as there are concerns about facial and teeth development, roughly at the age of 7 years old when the lower adult front teeth are coming out. This allows the orthodontist to evaluate your child’s existing and incoming teeth and determine whether or not early treatment might be necessary. Early orthodontic treatment begins while a child’s jaw bones are still soft so any corrective procedures work faster than they do for adults. By getting an early assessment, possible future problems may be minimised or prevented by early correction, which is imperative to ensure successful long term outcomes.
  • There are several ways you can determine whether your child needs early treatment. These include:
    • Early (before age 5), late (after age five or six) or irregular loss of baby teeth
    • The child’s teeth do not meet properly or at all
    • The child is a mouth breather
    • Snoring or sleep apnoea
    • Crowding, missing or misplaced adult teeth
    • Front teeth are crowded (you won’t see this until the child is about seven or eight)
    • Protruding teeth, typically in the front
    • Biting or chewing difficulties
    • Underbite or overbite
    • A speech impediment
    • The child’s jaw shifts when he or she opens or closes the mouth
    • Thumb sucking beyond the age of 5
  • If any of the above characteristics or behaviours are observed, it is important to visit an orthodontist. At Simplybraces, we offer ‘Free Initial Assessment’ for children under 8 years old. Call us to make an appointment.
  • Braces or early orthodontic treatment may not begin straight after the initial evaluation, however it is helpful in determining whether your child has any problems with the jaw and teeth early and monitor for the correct timing of treatment. Some early orthodontic treatments include functional appliances such as:
    • Expander: widens the palate and dental arch to improve the bite
    • Face-masks: pulls the top jaw and teeth forward
    • Headgear: commonly used for correcting back to front jaw discrepancies; slows/stops the upper jaw growth to prevent or correct an overjet but also can be used to make space for teeth to erupt

For Teenagers

  • The most common braces worn by teenagers:
    • Conventional metal braces (for colours and/or budget-conscious)
    • Clear braces (for appearance-conscious)
  • Both types of braces work in precisely the same way and produce the same results.


For Adults

  • We offer a range of treatment options to accommodate the busy lifestyle, so that the experience is not only comfortable but also aesthetically pleasing.
    • Clear braces
    • Invisalign
    • Incognito hidden braces