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Bupa Dental LogoWe are excited to announce that we will now be known as Bupa Dental Toowong.

Our practice’s long standing commitment to providing high quality dental care aligns perfectly with Bupa’s philosophy of being a health and care partner for customers.

We have refurbished our practice to help improve our patient experience, with modern dental rooms and technology in a more comfortable environment.

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Children's Orthodontics

The thought of being told they need braces has haunted children all around the world for years. However, just as with adults, children now have a number of options available to them. With new materials that are lightweight, strong and less obtrusive than their bulky uncomfortable predecessors, children can have a perfect smile faster.

Early orthodontic treatment at around age seven can mean less treatment time and expense, as well as resolve most problems before they reach high school. it can also can also eliminate the need for extraction of healthy adult teeth when there is the possibility of crowding, or becoming crooked due to inadequate space for them to emerge correctly.

At Jephson Street Dental we use an innovative approach called functional orthodontics to give our patients broader, healthier smiles. This gentle, effective technique is suited to children. Extractions of permanent teeth are almost never necessary. Instead of taking out teeth to fit the jaw, we guide the growth of the jaw to fit the teeth, gaining perfect alignment and function.  What previously were considered problems handled only by surgery may now be resolved by common non-surgical functional orthodontic appliances.

Our Children’s Dental therapist along with Dr Douglas is able to catch and address emerging problems at an early age, while the bones are still growing and the child is more receptive to this form of treatment.

This early intervention:

  • Saves permanent teeth
  • Eliminates or reduces the need for headgear
  • Eliminates or cuts time in braces
  • Reduces the potential for chronic head pain.

How much do braces cost? 

Early orthodontic intervention can also catch problems before they become more expensive to correct later on. To get an idea of our price ranges, see the below tables. However, to understand more precise costs, schedule your child's consultation with us and we will work with you on a specific treatment plan. 

*These prices are approximations. Please consult with us to find out more about exact costs based on your child's treatment plan.

How much do children's braces cost in Toowong?

Appliances are either fixed or removable. They can include plates, expanders, etc. You might only need one of these appliances rather than a full set of braces, but often they are used in conjunction with traditional braces. We will discuss the need for appliances in your consultation and treatment planning.

Table detailing cost of children's orthodontics at Jephson Street Dental

To schedule an examination appointment for your child, phone Jephson Street Dental on (07) 3870 3220.



Children's Orthodontics FAQs

  • Why is orthodontics for children important?

    Children’s orthodontics is important because misaligned teeth can cause many problems for a growing child. If these early problems are left untreated, they can lead to future complications. Orthodontic issues can affect the appearance, confidence and overall oral health of your child. Problems with teeth and jaws can be disfiguring; wear down healthy teeth; hinder normal speech and chewing; affect underlying bone structure; and lead to teeth decay as well as jaw pains.

    One common use for children’s orthodontics is to correct issues caused by thumb sucking or pacifier habits. Extended use of pacifiers or excessive thumb sucking can reshape the jawbone causing misalignment of teeth. These bad habits can cause the child’s teeth to grow inwards or point outwards. Besides affecting the child’s facial appearance, the improper growth may render the front teeth more susceptible to injury over time. Early orthodontic techniques can help to wean your child off the thumb or pacifier habits, thus preventing or correcting future teeth alignment problems.

    These problems do not just go away as the child grows older but will more likely get worse. Delaying orthodontic therapy now may result in expensive and involved treatment later.

  • What are early indications of orthodontic problem in children?

    Parents should take heed of early warning signs that may suggest future orthodontic problems. Some of these issues are easier to treat during the early stages of development, while others, like a protruding jaw, needs to be corrected as soon as possible in order to prevent future harm.

    Early indications of orthodontic problem in children include: Sucking of thumb, lips or finger; breathing through an open mouth; disproportionate jaws and teeth; early teeth decay; milk teeth falling off prematurely or taking too long to fall off; and problems with biting and chewing.

    Other developmental issues that may call for orthodontic treatment include palate issues and uneven growth of the upper and lower jaw. Jaw and palate issues can be more easily corrected while a child is still growing, due to the softer and pliable tissues. It is easier to influence the development of a child’s teeth and jaws when they are still at the growing phases. That is why it is always advisable to start children’s orthodontics early.

  • When should my child begin orthodontic treatment?

    Parents should bring the child for an orthodontic consultation as soon as they observe potential issues and problems. Children’s orthodontic treatment can begin as early as when the child reaches 7 years of age.

  • How long would the treatment take?

    The amount of time it takes to complete the orthodontic treatment varies according to the nature and longevity of the problem. On average, treatment durations take between 3 months to a couple of years.

  • What is the process like?

    The dentist will conduct a thorough consultation to determine the length of treatment prior to commencement. Taking into account your child’s medical history and studying digital images and x-rays of the site, the dentist will formulate a precise treatment plan and hold a pre-treatment discussion with parents about what can be expected. The treatment may involve procedures like removal of existing teeth, use of temporary or permanent appliances etc. Depending on the type of orthodontic method you choose, the frequency of follow-up visits for monitoring or brace adjustments vary accordingly.

  • What is interceptive orthodontics?

    Interceptive orthodontics refers to the early intervention techniques that prevent the future occurrence of orthodontic problems. These child-friendly methods are designed to treat the mouth, jaw and palate of a growing child with the goal of “intercepting” or preventing future bite problems and other orthodontic issues. For example, spacers may be used on children with crowding issues to improve spacing between their teeth or shape the palate and jaw. Interceptive orthodontics also help to correct early orthodontic problems caused by children’s poor mouth habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and over-reliance on pacifier. These early intervention techniques may even shorten the orthodontic treatment time months or years down the road, after the permanent teeth have arrived.

    No two children are alike. It is important to highlight to your child's dentist all your specific concerns and questions. Interceptive orthodontics is sometimes used as part of a multi-phased approach to identify and correct certain problems first, while the child is still at a growing phase, and recommending additional treatment at a later stage relative to their teeth development.

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