Is It Time For Orthodontics?

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.

Final thoughts

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. 

A dentist for every stage of life: how to stay healthy and happy

If there’s one thing that remains constant through all stages of life, it’s the need for a dentist. Weybridge clinic Danny de Villiers Dentist offers a full range of general, preventative, and restorative dental procedures. We welcome new patients of all ages for consultations and check-ups.
orthodontics-treatmentYour dental needs will change throughout life, and Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge will provide effective treatment whatever your age, and whatever your oral health problem.
Children should start to see the dentist from an early age – as soon as their first teeth start to appear. At our Weybridge dental practice we are highly experienced in working with young patients, ensuring that they feel safe and well-cared for at all times, and reducing the risk of dental phobia later in life.
Many children in the UK still suffer from unnecessary tooth decay. Your dentist will check for early signs of decay, will apply fluoride varnish and fissure sealant to strengthen and protect your child’s teeth, and will help them to understand how too many sugary treats are bad news for their dental health.
Orthodontic treatment is often best started during childhood; your Weybridge dentist will check for early signs of orthodontic issues.
Many teenagers wear braces, and at our Weybridge clinic we are strong advocates of non-extraction orthodontics, which is less stressful for your teen. Regular visits to the dentist also help your teenager to understand the impact of fizzy drinks and sugary treats on their oral health.
You need good dental care throughout adulthood to help your teeth stay healthy and strong. Some groups have specific oral health needs – pregnant women or those with reduced immune systems, for example.
It’s important to attend check-ups as often as your dentist recommends. An increasing number of UK adults are also taking an interest in cosmetic dentistry. Our Weybridge dentist offers a full range of aesthetic dental services.
Older people
If you look after your teeth, there is no reason for you to lose them as you get older. If you have experienced tooth loss, you still need to attend regular dental appointments to ensure your gums are healthy and your dentures secure.

Braces for all ages: non-surgical orthodontic treatments

Braces are commonly used for children and teenagers, but orthodontic treatment can be beneficial to patients of all ages. Danny de Villiers dental practice in Weybridge offers braces for patients of all ages, and is keen to promote non-extraction orthodontics – which are more comfortable and less stressful for patients.
orthodontics-treatmentWe take a holistic approach to dental treatment at our Weybridge clinic. This means considering the person as a whole, rather than just thinking about the teeth. Your dentist will first diagnose the problems causing uneven or misaligned teeth, and will then provide appropriate treatment.
What braces are used for
The most common time for orthodontic treatment is during childhood or the teenage years. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge we encourage parents to bring their children in from a young age, so that orthodontic correction can begin early, thus will be less complex and require less invasive procedures to treat.
Braces can be used to help problems caused by thumb sucking or prolonged use of a dummy. Among the issues they can help with are:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Crooked or poorly-spaced teeth
  • Deep bite or overbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Tongue thrusting

Our Weybridge dental centre offers a range of braces to treat all of these problems in children and teenagers.
Cosmetic braces for adults
An increasing number of adults are also seeking treatment with braces later in life. At our Weybridge dental clinic we offer treatment with the popular Six Month Smiles cosmetic brace system. These appliances are suitable for mild to moderate correction of issues affecting the front teeth – i.e. those that show when you smile.
It is these “social six” teeth that the majority of adults who come to our Weybridge clinic are concerned about. Six Month Smiles have several benefits when compared with traditional appliances. These include: being made from clear and tooth-coloured components, so blending in with your natural tooth colour; acting in an average time of half a year – some mild cases complete within three months; using lower forces, making treatment much more comfortable.
We welcome new patients of all ages who are interested in treatment with braces in Weybridge.