Child orthodontics : Cedrik is at his revision appointment. When he was 9, we made him wear a palate extension device for a 6 months period. His dental arches, and the depth of his palate were erroneous.

He is now 12 years old. He still does not have all of his adult teeth, and his incisors are crooked and forward. I ask his mother if Cedrik grew up a lot recently, and if she noticed some puberty signs suchs as a change with his voice timbre, the fact that he started to shave, or if he was affected by acne.

Obviously Cédrik is not in the core of his teenage years growth yet.

We decide together to fix another appointment in a year as this is the period where the body transforms at the fastest pace. The adult dentition will have replaced all the baby teeth. The orthodontic treatment will be at its maximum capacity as the teeth will move easily. It is sometimes necessary to wait for the best possible moment to start an orthodontic treatment with a child.

If the bottom jaw is dropping to the back, his growth site is just under the condyle head on the upright branch, and it is possible to favourably direct the growth if necessary (like a support fixed to a tree).

They are some exceptions that we cannot correct to a 100% for many hereditary reasons.

I am at your disposal for any guidance concerning child orthodontics.

Dr. Alain Brault, Orthodontist in Montreal and Mont-Tremblant