Non-extraction, arch development treatments are carried out on a private basis only.
If you are interested in this approach to your child's orthodontic problem, be sure to mention this at your initial consultation.
Why are my child's teeth so crowded ?
This is a question which has fascinated me for many years and so I will take a few lines to answer it.
Dental malocclusion (crowded and twisted teeth) is a modern problem. It has only existed, to any noticeable extent, since the industrial revolution. It joins a long list of modern conditions - like asthma and heart disease - that simply didn't exist before modern civilisation.
A little while ago, I had the chance to examine many Neolithic skulls, from "The Tomb of the Eagles", Orkney.
These Orcadian skulls were all about 5,000 years old and to the eye of an Orthodontist, there was one quite extraordinary thing about them - they almost all had perfectly straight teeth!
Similar findings can be seen in skulls from the Spitalfields excavations of an Elizabethan church vault in London.
Yet numerous recent surveys have shown that about 60% of modern children need orthodontic treatment for crowded and crooked teeth.
Why the difference? After all, we are genetically identical to both Neolithic and Elizabethan people.
I believe the answer is very simple - diet and air pollution.
Human jaws are designed to work hard, grinding and chewing at rough, semi-prepared food. Burger and mash just isn't the same!
Developing jaws, that are not exercised much, do not grow as large or as strong as they were designed to. Because of this, the teeth become crowded.
Air pollution, which never existed until recently, irritates the air passages, causing asthma (another uniquely modern complaint) and mouth breathing.
This, in turn, leads to the developing jaw being held open and therefore growing downwards, rather than forwards. This gives rise to that other classic type of malocclusion - the "goofy look", with a recessive lower jaw.
So that is why it happens. Sadly there is nothing much we can do about this - I can't see children being keen to give up their burger buns for coarse, stone ground, unleavened bread!
This does, however, help to explain why non extraction / arch development treatment works so well.
In allowing the jaws to grow to their full potential, space is created for the teeth to grow naturally straight, without the need to take out adult teeth.