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Orthodontic Treatment for Children

What is Orthodontic Treatment?

When life gives you crooked teeth, there is always the option of getting braces!  These days, braces are more common than ever before, and luckily most of the work is not nearly as painful as it used to be.  Children are now beginning the process of braces at a much earlier age, making the duration of wearing braces during adolescence a shorter experience.  There are also some different and exciting options for treating children with crooked teeth, bite problems etc

When is orthodontic Treatment needed?

We have a wide range of treatments for Children, as every child’s situation and needs are different.

The main reasons for a child to need to undergo treatment are:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Small mouth with overcrowding teeth, causing orthodontic issues.
  • Issues sleeping due to bute and jaw issues.
  • Face not forming correctly

Possible Treatments

Below are some the possible treatments available. Each treatment has its benefits and are more suitable for certain cases over others, it is important that you come in and speak to us so we can recommend the best treatment possible for you.

The treatments we offer Children and adolescents are:

  • Metal Braces
  • ALF Appliance
  • Invisible Braces
  • 6 month smiles

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Removable Braces

Removable braces are sometimes used on their own or with a follow-on treatment of fixed braces. They are commonly used in the growing child when there is mismatch in the size of the upper and lower jaw.

The growth of the jaws can be influenced in the desired direction with appliances such as twin blocks. The use of a removable appliance can sometimes eliminate the need of fixed appliances (train track braces) in the older child. The child’s cooperation and enthusiasm are essential. If the patient is not compliant in wearing the removable braces the desired outcome will not be achieved.

Removable appliances can also be used when a single tooth movement is required. This can be a necessity before treatments such as cosmetic crowns or veneers. Very often the orthodontist will work in conjunction with the dentist to ensure the desired out come

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

Along with beautiful, straightened teeth and a lovely smile, there are many benefits to having straight teeth.

Teeth which are not straight can interfere with proper chewing, which later effects proper digestion and wellbeing.

Keeping your teeth and mouth clean can be difficult and ineffective with crooked teeth. When your teeth are not straight there will be hard-to-reach spaces, and if these spaces remain unclean, gum disease, tooth decay or even tooth loss can occur.

After Effects

  • Throughout the process of braces treatment, some discomfort and minor pain can be expected, and over-the-counter pain medications will help ease the discomfort.
  • Gums may be slightly inflamed, but this will diminish over a few days of proper brushing and flossing.
  • The orthodontist may give you a retainer to wear at night to keep the teeth from moving, and to keep the teeth in their place.

Did you know

Some orthodontic conditions are easier to correct if they’re detected early. Early orthodontic treatment helps prevent more severe problems later on and gives an orthodontist control over where the permanent teeth come in by addressing the structure of the jaw and teeth while baby teeth are still in the mouth.

Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favourable position, preserve space for permanent teeth, and reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth.  It can also treat the factors causing the crooked teeth earlier, alleviating the need for lengthy treatment.

33
Percent of children have crooked teeth needing orthodontic treatment to straighten them

(webmd.boots.com)

Contact us Today!

If you are you looking for more information regarding orthodontic treatment for your child, then simply fill in the form below, and we will contact you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can call us on 01 2014180