There are many types of braces available to children. From traditional metal braces to Invisalign invisible braces, you can be sure to find something that will work for your little one. You probably have a lot of questions concerning braces, which is why we’ve compiled good information you need to know before beginning this journey.
Why do children need braces?
Children need braces for a number of reasons, including overcrowded, crooked, overlapping teeth, or a ‘bad bite’ (also known as malocclusion). A malocclusion occurs when there’s a difference in the sizes of the top and bottom jaws. This variation in size results in an overbite or an underbite.
If your child is losing his baby teeth too early or too late, there might be a problem with his (or her) jaw that needs correcting. You should also be wary of teeth that are coming through in the wrong position and teeth that are not making any contact. Other signs to watch out for include lips that can’t close properly and a difficulty eating. All these are alarm bells telling you it’s time your child got to see their dentist.
When is the best age for your child to get braces?
Many orthodontists recommend that children make their first official visit at the age of seven. By this stage, their adult teeth have begun appearing and any alignment issues can be easily corrected. However, remember that treatment won’t begin for another few months or years, depending on your child’s special condition. Children often begin orthodontia between the ages of 8 and 14 and the average treatment time will vary amongst children.
What are the benefits of orthodontics?
Orthodontics helps move teeth into the correct position as they emerge. It also helps in guiding the growth of the jaw bone, therefore, preventing jaw misalignment later in life. Orthodontics also helps in making space for erupting teeth and improves the facial aesthetics of your child. Your child will also have a reduced risk of injury to prominent teeth.
It’s very common for children to get braces to straighten their teeth, but as a parent, there are many steps you must take before approving the treatment.
Start by talking with your child’s dentist for advice. In the end, the braces will pay off when your little one has a beautiful smile with straight teeth.
By bringing your child to visit the dentist from an early age, you can help them to establish good oral health habits that will stay with them for the rest of your life. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we are highly experienced in working with young children, and will ensure that their experience of visiting the dental practice is positive, educational, and fun.
You should start bringing your child for dental check-ups from around the age of 12 months, by which time some of their milk teeth should have erupted. Of course, every baby and child is unique, and teeth appear at various stages during the first year or two of life. Some babies are even born with teeth already in place. Should you have any concerns about your child’s teeth at any age, or worry about how to care for a tiny baby’s teeth, get in touch with Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge and we will be happy to help and advise you. Children’s dentistry in Weybridge
Taking your child to see the dentist from a young age can also help prevent dental phobia later in life. At our Weybridge dental practice we will make sure your child feels safe and cared for at all times. They will soon see the dentist as a friendly face whom they look forward to seeing for six-monthly check-ups.
We’ve found that in many cases it can be helpful to bring a young child along to Mum or Dad’s dental check-up, so that they can observe and copy what they see. You can also bring siblings to see the dentist at the same time, again so the younger ones can mimic what the older ones do.
Early intervention is important with children’s teeth, to minimise the risk of problems further down the line. We offer early intervention, non-extraction orthodontics at our Weybridge clinic, meaning that in many cases we can correct any orthodontic issues before they become serious, making it a less invasive process.
Your Weybridge dentist will also check for early signs of decay, and help your child learn to brush their teeth properly.
Fear of the dentist in adults is often triggered by a traumatic experience in childhood. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we believe that by bringing your child into the dental practice from an early age, you can help them to view dental visits as a positive experience – meaning they are less likely to experience dental fear or phobia in adulthood.
Bringing your child to see the dentist from a young age also helps to minimise the need for any invasive procedures. Danny is experienced in working with children and will ensure that the experience they have at our Weybridge dental surgery is always a positive one. Children will feel safe, secure, and cared for, and will soon see the dentist as a friendly face.
Education is vital to helping children maintain good dental health, and habits established in childhood are likely to be carried on into adult life. Information about tooth brushing and dental hygiene will be presented in an engaging and age-appropriate manner.
Recent reports have shown that children in the UK still have an unacceptably high level of tooth decay. Regular visits to the dentist are key in preventing this; by teaching your child the importance of proper tooth cleaning, as well as providing preventative treatments such as fissure sealants and fluoride varnish as necessary.
Early intervention with potential orthodontic problems such as underbites, overbites, cross bites and crowding also makes treatment easier, and often less invasive. If orthodontic treatment is found to be necessary, we have a number of options available to us at our Weybridge dental practice.
When children do have tooth decay, we have an air abrasion device that the dentist can use in place of the drill. With no unpleasant sounds, smells, or vibrations, your clinician can remove any decayed areas without any pain, and without damaging healthy tooth structure.