• Does Your Child Need Early Orthodontics?

    Does Your Child Need Early Orthodontics?

    Most parents try to make sure their children follow the best oral hygiene regime possible, from as early as possible. Teaching your kids how and when to brush their teeth would rank highly in any top guide on how to parent well. But what if you notice signs such as bad bites, crooked teeth or a thumb-sucking habit in your child? What do you do then? How do you help? And when should you consider Orthodontics for your child?

    This blog from Park Lane Orthodontics in Reading aims to answer these common questions so let’s start by addressing a few well known misconceptions around braces.

    We often get enquiries from anxious parents believing the earlier their children get braces, the better the result, as teeth are easily ‘movable’ at a young age. This is not true. In most cases, it’s better to wait until your child has lost all their baby teeth so they don’t need orthodontic treatment and braces a second time around in later years once their jaw has finished growing.

    Signs to look out for when considering children’s braces

    If you notice any of the following signs in your child, it’s time to book your orthodontic consultation so you can make an informed decision whether or not your child needs braces.

    What are the treatment options for your kids braces?

    Depending on your child’s requirement, our Reading orthodontist may prescribe braces, aligners or some other options to straighten your child’s teeth. Orthodontic options include:

    Braces

    Traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign for kids and lingual braces are types of braces which are commonly used to straighten misaligned teeth. The traditional braces feel a bit more intrusive because of their structure and size. The metal wires gradually shift the teeth into their correct position. Ceramic clear braces are far less noticeable compared to the metal braces because they’re made from a ceramic material whose colour can be customized to match the colour of the patient’s teeth. Their function, however, is similar to that of metal braces. Lingual braces also work in a similar way to metal and ceramic braces, however, they’re fixed behind the teeth making them virtually invisible. Although more expensive compared to the other types of braces, Lingual braces are popular with patients looking for a discrete type of brace.

    Aligners

    Aligners such as Invisalign are one of the most advanced options for straightening crooked teeth. They’re customized to fit snugly on the teeth, are practically invisible and have no metal components. These features make these aligners extremely comfortable and they also offer the convenience of removing them while eating and brushing. No surprise then these braces are extremely popular with our Park Lane Orthodontic patients.

    Other brace options 

    Retainers help retain the correct position of teeth once you’ve had your braces removed. They’re important because teeth can shift back to their original position even after they’re straightened. Wearing retainers after your child’s initial orthodontic treatment helps build a strong foundation while your child grows and helps rectify others issues such as bad bites, protruded teeth etc. This greatly reduces the need for any extensive dental treatment in the later years.

    For any further queries or to book a consultation contact us today.