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    Default Braces on a 6 year old??

    I'm not sure if this is the right spot, but hoping I can get some feedback all the same.

    DS is 6 years old. He's lost just about all of his baby teeth and his adult molars are coming up at the very back.
    In a nutshell ,back in February this year, he lost his top middle front tooth and the little one right next to it at the same time. His adult top front tooth started coming down within a few days and occupied both vacant spots. I noticed that this tooth is really wide and the gap between the 2 front teeth is huge.
    I also noticed that the tooth next to it, has not come down as yet.

    So I took him to the dentist for a check up, and they took xrays.

    Basically, yes the gap between to the two top teeth is way to wide, the tooth that has not yet come down, is in the gum and ready, it's just stuck as there is no room for it to come down due the wide gap and the size of the front tooth.

    So noooooow, the dentist has referred us to an Ortho for the possibility of braces to pull the front two teeth together to allow the other adult teeth to come down out of the gum.

    His xray also showed the remaining 3 adult teeth in the lower gums, ready for when those final baby teeth fall out.

    I had the same problem with my teeth when I was young, but I didn't get braces until I was 13.

    I personally think that having them at 6 years old is a bit extreme.
    And I don't have private health insurance so I don't think I could afford to pay for them anyway.

    Sorry for the long post, and I hope it makes sense, but I'm just after some thoughts and opinions on this sort of dental procedure for such a young child.

    TIA.

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    My kids are being dine publicly and the were put on list back when the 6. Dd2 started treatment at 9. Now at 11 they are saying she is almost too old for more treatment. They need to do before they big growth spurts finishes. It is already to late for my 13yr ds.

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    My younger sister had a massive overbite and gap inbetween front teeth and had to have some wire thing in her mouth. they would tighten it up once a fortnight and the teeth would slowly move with no pain. they wouldnt put braces on her till she was 12 but she didn't end up needing them because they other treatment permanently fixed them.
    If no one else has any experience I will find out some more info from my mum because I can't remember too much as it was about 6 years ago.
    As for price, most require an up front payment then you can pay rest off per month.

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    My DD is going through something like that now. Although they think she still will need surgery in a few years, that will totally change her looks. As it not working swell as they hoped.

    I must admit I struggle with the idea of face alerting surgery on beautiful baby girl.

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    No harm in going to the specialist orthodontist to hear what he/she has to say on the subject, will just be the consultation fee.
    On the subject of PHI for orthodontics: please consider that most funds require you to wait at least 12 months before claiming anything for "major dental".

    They also have limits on how much you can claim on ortho per year, and lifetime limits per kid.

    Add that to the fact that they have limits per item number as well which are usually around one third of the actual cost that you have paid , and PHI starts looking a lot less like a winner for orthodontics.
    I would advise you to look very closely at what you plan to sign up for: it strikes me that if you saved the premium year after year, to pay for treatment, you would win. That said: it makes a difference if you would also claim for physio, glasses, dietetics etc as well. I'm just talking about the braces.

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    its never too late for braces?? I know 40+ year old women who have them due to ongoing teeth issues??

    My son who is 7 has also been referred to an ortho .. but my dentist said that orthos will rarely do anything till the child is around 8. The dentist tends to want you to see the ortho so that the specialist knows what the teeth look like, and can check them routinely ??

    we're going in late may to get his checked, but i'm expecting nothing to be done (we have private health .. but there will still be a gap of thousands .. sigh )

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    Yes never too late for braces but too late for plates that are needed before the braces. Its a 2 part thing IYKIM.

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    If it were my child and they were needed I would have them put on.

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    I had braces when I was younger and I couldn't get them until I was 14. In my opinion 6 is far too young for braces.

    I know many adults with braces too, so I think it's never to late to get them older.

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    My brother was told by one dentist he needed them and then second opinion said to wait and see as he was borderline.

    My parents waited and he was fine. Has a beautiful smile with no issues.

    So I would say get a second and even third opinion then make up your mind. I think you have plenty of time to make up your mind. I would ask what would be the impact if you wait one year, three years, five years etc. so you can weigh up the risks for yourself.

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