Children’s Orthodontics

A good smile is contagious! In an environment where image is important, one of the best social tools is a great smile. Treatment is frequently started around 11-12 years when the new teeth have grown in, although we often prefer to start sooner. For the older child and young adult we plan treatment with a keen awareness of the significant social and schooling needs during these important teenage years.

When to start orthodontic treatment

The key to achieving a great orthodontic result is to mention any concerns you have had your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can then refer you to a specialist orthodontists, such as Bass Orthodontics in London. We prefer to see children at a very young age, sometimes as young as five years old. The reason for this is that there are very often preventive measures that we can take which are difficult to spot by a general dentist.

Preventive orthodontics is the process by which we work with the child's jaw development and growth to ensure that the teeth end up in the correct position. This is a very specialist area and once the jaw has finished growing clearly it is too late for this option.

If you are at all concerned about your child's tooth position, it really is never too early to have an initial chat. There have been many cases where people have brought their children to us in their early or mid teens only to find that the treatment is compromised.

Here's what one patient says:
"My daughter had very protrusive top teeth, we took her to our local dentist when she was about 10 and were told that we had to wait until she had finished growing until we commenced orthodontics. I then took her to Bass Orthodontics and we saw Dr Neville Bass, he advised us that as she was now 13 we only had one year left to really work with her jaw development as she was likely to stop growing by the age of 14. I can honestly say I feel so disappointed that we didn't bring her to see Dr Bass three years earlier when we could have had a far more predictable and reliable result. If you are concerned about your child's teeth I recommend you go to see Dr Bass as soon as possible, and don't leave it too long. " - Mark Oborn, Company Director. Watford.

What is the best age to get braces

As we have previously mentioned it is best to bring your child to the orthodontist as early as possible, so that if need be, we can work with the development of the jaw. It is however standard practice to begin orthodontic therapy to move teeth when the patients draw has finished growing, typically around 14 years old.

Dependent upon the particular situation sometimes surgery or other interventions are required, and this can be started at an early age so that by the time the bone development has finished orthodontics can be started.

Orthodontics for children and adolescents

When we see younger children we generally find that they are less sensitive to the immediate aesthetic disadvantages of wearing metal braces. What is also true is that as children reach adolescence they become more concerned with their cosmetic appearance and so are less willing to wear the more obvious metal braces.

For adolescence there are generally two options which can be used, invisible clear braces or ceramic braces.

Invisible braces for adolescents.

Invisalign teen is a new treatment whereby we are able to offer almost invisible braces by using Invisalign aligners. This type of brace works on your adolescents teeth by applying a small amount of pressure in the required direction to move the tooth. This pressure is applied by a close fitting plastic shell which fits precisely over the teeth. Once the teeth have moved you will be given a new clear aligner to wear, swapping the aligners around every two weeks in order to keep the pressure on your teeth to move them.

Ceramic braces for adolescents.

These are a very popular option not only for adolescents but for adults to! Ceramic braces are an excellent option because they are fixed. Fixed braces mean we can apply slightly more pressure than we do with removable braces, and so we are able to tackle more severe orthodontic problems as well as correct these problems faster. Ceramic braces are bonded to the surface of your teeth in exactly the same way that the metal braces are, except the brackets which are used are made from a ceramic composite material which is high-strength and highly durable.

Ceramic braces mean that your adolescent can have orthodontic treatment and not be embarrassed about wearing the metal braces.

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