QUOTE (ABeautifulLife @ 21/08/2012, 09:05 PM)
My 2 oldest daughters have just finished their orthodontic treatment and it was a great success. They started their treatment at 8 and 9 years old, wore a expanding plate for over 6 months then moved to braces for around 6 months also. They have recently had their braces removed and wear a retainer every night. Our orthodontist is fantastic and believes in no extractions. My girls had not lost all thier baby teeth at the start of treatment and did lose a few during treatment which caused no problems. The plate can be quite uncomfortable and you may need to use panadol some nights early on as major teeth movement and jaw expansion happens quite quickly. Once they get used to both plate and then braces, it just becomes second nature. As long as my girls keep wearing their retainer every night their teeth should stay perfect. I think that getting the treatment at a younger age is much preferable as they are not too self concious yet and adjust easily. My 7 year old son starts his treatment in a few months and is actually looking forward to it
(unfortunately all my children will need treatment so by the time my next 3 little ones are finished I will have probably bought my orthodontist a new car !!!) It can be a little more expensive than waiting till they are older, but even our orthodontist said younger children are much more easier to deal with and the treatment time is much quicker. My orthodontist is on the Sunshine Coast however if you want his contact details in case he knows someone in Sydney he can recommend please PM me.
Similar but we didn't start until DS was in last year of primary. The problem for DS is that his baby teeth are coming out very very slowly so it is delaying braces. DS wore a twin block appliance (google) full time to help change his jaw and we opened up the plate. DS now only has to wear it at night with no alterations until he is ready for braces and the orthodontist doesn't think it will be for another 8 months at least.
Then DD will start ..... argh