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Giving your child the best possible smile
The very best time to have orthodontic treatment is during the teens. We can treat misaligned bites before they can cause problems later in life.
The very best time to have orthodontic treatment is when all adult teeth have erupted and have settled. We check smiles and assess them on their suitability of orthodontic treatment throughout childhood. We will suggest which treatments will work best and talk through how long we envisage the treatment taking.
How do braces work?
Fixed braces work through using gentle forces to gradually move teeth into a more suitable position. The movement is a very gradual process and treatment can take up to 18 months. However, it’s worth the wait as the results can last a lifetime.
Braces can correct overbites and under bites as well as address any wayward teeth that are out of position. A misaligned bite can cause issues later on, such as jaw problems and tooth wear. It’s best to benefit from orthodontic treatment at a young age before issues can have a chance to arise.
What does the treatment involve?
The first stage of the treatment involves taking impressions of teeth as well as x-rays and photos. We will also carry out oral health checks as the general health of your child’s teeth and gums will affect the treatment.
Once we receive the brackets and wires, we invite your child back for a fitting. The brackets are fixed using a special dental adhesive and the wires are threaded through. Your child can choose the colour of the elastic o-rings that fit the wires in place. Once the braces are fitted, we make sure you know how to properly clean the braces.
We will need to see your child regularly throughout the treatment for adjustments and to check on the progress. Treatment time varies as it depends on the individual case – the more severe the case, the longer it will take to move the teeth to the desired position.
Once the braces have been removed, we take impressions of the beautifully straight teeth so we can have a retainer made. Removable retainers will prevent the teeth from moving out of position. They are worn at night. We can also provide fixed retainers which are placed behind the front teeth.