Orthodontic Treatments for Kids & Teens
There is a common misconception that children cannot receive orthodontic treatment. Though the majority of patients who go through this procedure are teenagers, it doesn’t mean you can never give your child an opportunity for healthy smiling teeth!
A lot of the causes of crooked teeth can be addressed by early intervention. At Frederick Dental Clinic Dublin 1 we offer specialist care from age 12-17 so if early intervention may be necessary or just want some advice on how best to alignment problems before they become serious issues – don’t hesitate contacting us today
Effect on School and Social lives
Here at Frederick Orthodontics, we understand that having braces fitted is a big event in young teenagers’ lives, and we do our utmost to make it a comfortable and easy transition. However, it is understandable that teenagers may feel self-conscious about having braces fitted. Because of this here at Frederick Orthodontic Clinic we offer a range of options to suit the individual needs of our patients.
One of the most common reasons why parents seek orthodontic treatment for their child is because they want them to have straight teeth. And while there’s nothing wrong with wanting your child to have a winning smile, the reality is that crooked teeth can actually have a negative effect on a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
In addition to increased self-confidence, orthodontic treatment can also lead to improved social interactions and relationships. One reason for this is that children who are self-conscious about their teeth are less likely to smile, which can make them seem unapproachable or even unfriendly. As we all know, first impressions are important; so if your child is trying to make friends at school or meet someone new, you want them to put their best foot—or in this case, best smile—forward.
Another way that orthodontics can improve social interactions is by making it easier for kids to speak clearly. Many children with untreated malocclusion find it difficult to enunciate certain words and sounds, which can make them self-conscious about speaking in front of others. This difficulty with speech can also lead to misunderstandings and miscommunications. But with properly aligned teeth, kids will be able to speak clearly and confidently without having to worry about being misunderstood.
Does my child need Orthodontic Treatment?
There are signs that you can look for that may indicate that your child needs orthodontic treatment. If your child has difficulty chewing or biting, if they have an incorrect bite (the teeth don’t come together properly), or if they have crooked teeth, these may be signs that they need orthodontic treatment. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to consult with an orthodontist. They will be able to evaluate your child’s teeth and give you an accurate assessment of whether or not they need treatment.
Treatment options available to Kids & Teens
There are a number of different treatment options available for kids who need orthodontic treatment. The type of treatment that your child will need will depend on their individual circumstances.
These traditional braces use a metal bracket glued to the teeth, and a metal wire attached to the brackets and tightened to move the teeth. Depending on the case, bands may also be used. These small elastic rings attach the brackets on the upper or lower to help pull the jaw into the correct place.
Similar to the above, they use the same mechanisms to move the teeth into the desired location; however, instead of noticeable metal brackets and wires, porcelain, plastic or ceramic brackets are used in conjunction with a clear wire.
This type of aligner is not commonly used on teenagers or children who are having orthodontic treatments, but it can be. The method uses a series of aligners that gradually move the teeth into the desired locations. Attachments made out of composite (tooth-coloured filling material) are glued to the teeth to help move them into the correct alignment. Often interproximal reduction is required to reduce the size of the teeth and make space for the teeth to move.
Early Orthodontic Treatment
01. Benefits of Early Treatment
One of the benefits of early treatment is that it can be used to correct problems while the bones and teeth are still growing. This can help ensure that the teeth come in straight, which can ultimately save you time and money down the road. Additionally, early treatment can also help improve the function of the teeth and jaws, which can reduce the risk of more serious problems developing later on.
Early treatment is not for everyone, and your child’s orthodontist will be able to assess whether or not it is right for your child based on their individual needs. However, if early treatment is recommended, it is important to keep in mind that it may take longer for the braces to be removed if treatment is started at a younger age.
02. When can my child begin early orthodontic treatment?
There are three age related stages you can get orthodontic treatment for your child
The goal of early orthodontic treatment is to provide enough space for permanent teeth. Good candidates include children who have difficulty biting properly, lose baby teeth early or grind their teeth at night
In the early stages of orthodontic treatment, space maintainers are used to help prevent permanent teeth from coming in too soon. Good candidates for this type include children who have difficulty biting properly or lose their baby teeth earlier than expected;
Middle dentition treatments are the first step in fixing misaligned jaws and starting to realign crooked teeth. This marks an optimal time for children who have severe malocclusions, as their soft tissues are still pliable enough that they can be “repaired” without too much difficulty or pain.
The dentist can provide a child with dental appliances that will help them maintain their teeth and prevent future problems. Some of these are fixed, while others are removable.
Though many parents think of orthodontic treatment for their adolescents, it is actually a great choice for younger children as well. The goals and objectives in both cases include straightening out teeth from the permanent set to improve smile aesthetics- all before adulthood!
The treatments here are metal braces, clear braces, invisible aligners with potential arch expanders if necessary.
Peter was patient and understanding, he listened to what I didn't like about my teeth, what I wanted and what my fears about dentist were. He and his team delivered a fantastic treatment programme that gave me exactly what I hoped. Every visit was seamless, on time, quick and pain free. Peter talked through each visit, what was happening, what to expect etc. In a very reassuring and calm way. His team (receptionist, nurses and hygienists) were all really friendly, professional and helpful.
September 29, 2021
Once you feel ready to explore your orthodontic treatment options, book an initial consultation with our team at Frederick Orthodontic Clinic. During this initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns and discuss the options that we have available to treat any issues that your child may have
Early intervention is just what it sounds like – getting a head start on orthodontic treatment. For children who may need braces or other forms of treatment down the line, an early intervention appointment can help give us a better idea of what that future treatment may look like. It also allows us to catch any potential problems early on, which can save you time and money in the long run.
During an early intervention appointment, one of our skilled orthodontists will take a look at your child’s mouth and teeth to see if they are developing properly. We will also check for any signs of bite problems or crowding. If we do see anything that may require treatment down the road, we will develop a plan for how to correct the problem. In some cases, this may mean wearing braces or other appliances for a short period of time to help guide the teeth into place.
The early intervention appointment process is designed to help patients get the care they need as efficiently as possible. By coming in for an appointment sooner rather than later, you can avoid bigger problems down the road – and save yourself time and money in the long run. So if you think your child may need orthodontic treatment in the future, don’t hesitate to contact us to set up an appointment today.
Advantages of Early Orthodontic Treatments for Kids & Teens
If you think your child may need some orthodontic treatment, then bring them in for an evaluation as soon as possible, the sooner the treatment starts the better
Treat Problems Before They Become Serious
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