CATCH PROBLEMS EARLY
Children’s teeth are just like other parts of their development – the earlier they are looked after, the more problems can be avoided down the road. Early interceptive braces and orthodontic appointments are common for just this reason. Meant for children aged from around seven to 13 years old, they identify and fix problems that occur as adult teeth grow in, potentially avoiding invasive treatment and the need for removal of healthy teeth later on.
The best time for your child’s first orthodontic appointment is between the ages of seven and nine, when adult teeth have started to develop. Treatment may not be immediately required, but monitoring is important to identify potential problems.
Braces are usually fitted by the age of 12 or 13, when adult teeth have fully developed. There are many different types of braces available, including fixed braces, braces that can be attached and removed, and braces that are practically invisible.
Treatment with braces can take up to two years, but improvements are usually noticed within a few months.
The thought of getting braces often makes children nervous, but it is a minimally invasive process made faster and more comfortable by recent advances in technology. Assuring straight teeth and a healthy smile that can improve your child’s self confidence has never been easier.
Does My Child Need Braces?
If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms, your child may need braces.
- Crowded or misaligned teeth
- Protrusion (teeth jutting forwards)
- Jaws that click or make a sound
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Finger of thumb sucking
- Grinding teeth
- Problems chewing or biting food
- Problems with speech
What will Braces Do?
Correcting problems with your child’s teeth will have multiple positive effects.
- Straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile
- Teeth that are easier to clean
- Prevention of further dental problems
- Improved biting and chewing of food
- Improvements to some speech problems
- Improved self-esteem