Orthodontic treatment reaches beyond straightening misaligned teeth. Treatment can help address problems in children such as protrusive front teeth, over crowding, spacing and problems with occlusion (bite).
How can I tell if my child needs orthodontic treatment?
You should arrange bi-annual dental check-ups for your child so that any developing complications can be addressed early and if necessary, they can be referred to our orthodontist here at Cliftonville.
Some of the signs to look out for include:
- Protruding front teeth over lower teeth/lower teeth biting outside the top set of teeth.
- Milk teeth remaining in position after their adult teeth have started to surface.
- Severe overcrowding or wide gaps between teeth.
- Uneven or angled lower jaw.
- Teeth wearing unevenly causing a slanted biting surface.
- Bite complications – problems closing teeth together.
What are the options available to my child?
The world of orthodontics has seen massive developments over the years in both cosmetic appeal and quality of treatment.
Discreet appliances that are far less noticeable than traditional metal braces are available, so your child can feel confident about their treatment. It can be challenging introducing your child to the notion of braces and orthodontics and many parents say that their children feel anxious at the thought of wearing braces. Modern brace models encompass elements such as clear brackets and subtle archwires which contribute to making the braces less noticeable to others. This is paramount if your child is still in school as your child could be susceptible to bullying if their appearance suddenly changes.
We offer braces with coloured wires which we find younger children love and this encourages them to embrace (pardon the pun!), their treatment. Here at Cliftonville we understand that some children have a lot of anxiety around braces and the dentist in general. We always approach this with empathy and patience and have ample experience treating children.
If you would like to attend a consultation with your child, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange this for you.