Kids’ braces? Early orthodontic treatment? It can all be a little confusing, right? We understand.
As parents, we all want the best for our children. You can be sure you will see the same level of care and concern we would provide to our own children. Dr. Kamal Ahmed and South Coast Smiles will do our part to make sure your children grow up and meet life’s challenges with a big smile. You know you are in safe hands because the first question Dr. Kamal Ahmed asks when he is assessing your son or daughter’s teeth is: “What would I do if this was my child?”
Whether the issue is narrow jaws, impacted teeth, lack of space, buck teeth, or thumb-sucking, being a specialist orthodontist means Dr. Kamal Ahmed is trained in expertly providing comprehensive orthodontic treatments to suit YOUR CHILD. At South Coast Smiles, you can be sure of getting the best treatment for your child, as well as seeing the benefit that early treatment can have in reducing future complicated orthodontics.
Dr. Kamal Ahmed has trained under world-leading orthodontists at Sydney University, as well as having achieved prestigious fellowships’ and memberships by examination from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACDS) and the Edinburgh College of Surgeons (RCSEd), as well as attending numerous other courses and international congresses.
You can relax knowing Dr. Kamal Ahmed is the right expert to look after your son or daughter’s smile with up-to-date knowledge and care.
While most kids won’t need any treatment at this early stage, some do. There are a number of conditions that can lead to avoidable severe orthodontic problems in later years if they aren’t addressed early. These include impacting adult teeth that fail to erupt. These teeth often need to be surgically exposed or removed in their teen years. This involves a lot more time and discomfort that can all be avoided if managed at an early age. Early treatment avoids such problems, by helping your child’s teeth develop into the right position.
Some children have narrow or underdeveloped jaws, affecting the space for their teeth, leading to crowding and reducing the airway space. Treating this can allow room for their developing adult teeth and make more space to help with their breathing and airways.
Brad’s parents were worried about his bite. When he bit his teeth together, his bottom jaw was in front of his top teeth. Brad is one of the reasons orthodontists want to have a quick look at kids from 8 years old. We really hope everything is developing normally, but know that some problems are a lot easier to manage early.
The type of bite Brad has only affected a small part of the population. Fortunately, Brad’s parents brought him in at 8 years of age. Much later, and the bones we stretched to correct his bite would have fused, leaving us with no alternative other than to wait until he grew up so a surgeon could surgically re-position his jaw as a young adult. In Brad’s case, he came in early and we could correct his bite with a plate in 6-12 months
Jack parents were worried about his bite. Mum has the same bite and has already had a few consults with a surgeon to correct it by breaking her jaw. She has brought 8 year old jack in to get the treatment she never had as a kid, so that he wouldn’t end up in the same situation as her now.
Jack was treated with a plate for 9 months to help grow his jaw and correct his bite
Charlie’s mum brought him in early as she was worried about his bite. Charlie's teeth were crooked and shifting his bottom jaw forward. As he was growing there was a good chance of it becoming permanent.
Charlie had upper braces only placed to correct the crooked teeth and his bottom jaw settled back into its proper position.
Lucas was sent in by his concerned dentist. Both the dentist and his parents had been wondering where his other front tooth was.
An x-ray revealed an extra tooth that has blocked the adult tooth from coming down, and the adult tooth was impacted at the base of his nose. The extra tooth was removed, and a brace was glued to the deeply buried adult tooth so it could be grown into the position.
Charlotte presented with extra adult teeth.
We often see these cases, and early treatment meant the extra tooth was removed so that the rest of her teeth can naturally grow and shuffle into the correct position.
7-year-old Will has a crossbite that is causing a lot of pressure on his adult lower front tooth. This is pushing it forward out of the bone and causing it to become wobbly, risking losing it. Dealing with Will’s bite and correcting his teeth now will save him from losing his lower adult teeth.
Liam’s baby teeth rarely came out by themselves, and the adult teeth were slow to come down. His dentist had noticed they were blocking the adult teeth from coming into place. Liam is also missing an adult tooth in his top jaw, and bites in the wrong position.
Liam’s dentist and Dr. Kamal brainstormed together and will extract the baby teeth blocking the adult teeth from coming into position then correct his bite. Removing the stubborn baby teeth early will help the crooked adult teeth straighten. This will also save a surgeon having to cut open the impacted adult teeth later, and Liam having more complicated orthodontics to try and bring it down. Liam’s bite can also be corrected then.
Apart from being loads of fun – and the ‘biggest kid’ in the practice – Dr. Kamal Ahmed is a highly qualified specialist with a particular interest in orthodontics for children who can quickly and effectively treat small issues before they become big problems. Most kids won’t need early treatment but even so, we are happy to monitor and check their growth, giving you peace of mind.
It takes more than good luck to create smiles that are straight and work perfectly with your overall facial features, including your bite, profile, and lip lines. At South Coast Smiles, we have a track record of producing the very best orthodontic results for our patients. Not just for now, for life.
Dr. Kamal will assess your child’s dental issues to determine the ideal treatment.
Treatment begins with plates, braces, expanders, or other orthodontic appliances, depending on your child’s needs.
As there is a range of orthodontic problems we treat in children, our services can vary so widely from simply reviewing your child’s development, to growth modification, or retrieving buried teeth, and various orthodontic treatments, we really need to assess the child in person to give a quote. But rest assured, our pricing is transparent and fair, and financing options are available.
Come in and take advantage of your complimentary consult where, as part of our assessment and exam, we will cover the costs of any treatment we recommend.
The good news is we make it simple and easy for you to access the very best early orthodontic treatment and kids’ braces in Wollongong (that’s right, no driving to Sydney!). The first step is simply booking a time to come and see us. Dr. Kamal Ahmed and his team will make the experience fun, even if your child is a little anxious, nervous or quiet.