Orthodontic treatment is used to correct the position or alignment of teeth. We can use orthodontic treatments such as braces to straighten crooked teeth, to reduce overcrowding, or to correct your child’s bite. Sometimes the issues detected by our orthodontists in Uxbridge will only require a slight correction but in other cases the treatments we provide can make a dramatic difference to your child’s smile.
Benefits of Braces in Children
Orthodontic treatments such as braces are usually associated with cosmetic effects as these can be the most obvious benefits to you and your child. However, there are many reasons why your orthodontist in Uxbridge may recommend straightening treatments. Our orthodontists in Uxbridge can use these treatments to correct various issues that could put your child’s teeth at risk in the future or cause problems with speech and eating.
The main benefits of orthodontic treatment for children are:
- Orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance of your child’s teeth, which can help to boost their confidence and make them feel happier about the way they look
- Tackling issues such as overcrowding and overlapping teeth can reduce the risk of dental problems in the future by making it easier to keep the teeth clean and preventing damage to any teeth that were protruding or under pressure
- Correcting a misaligned bite can ensure that the teeth meet correctly, which can help with speech problems such as lisps or with difficulties biting and chewing food
What is the Best Age for Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can be performed in adults but many people have their teeth straightened as teenagers. Orthodontists don’t usually start treatments before the adult teeth are emerging at around age 7 but they can begin at any time after this if necessary. Most children who need orthodontic treatments will start them between the ages of about 9 and 14. Although it’s never too late to visit Frays to see an orthodontist in Uxbridge, there are some benefits to getting orthodontic treatment at an earlier age.
The main reason why it is better to get orthodontic treatment early on is that the jaw bone gets harder as it stops growing. It is easier to move the teeth into the correct position before this happens. Orthodontists can guide the growth of the jaw in children and ensure that any adult teeth that are still emerging are coming through into the correct position. Orthodontic treatments are usually easier to perform when they start earlier.
The best way to ensure that your child gets the right treatment at the right time is to have regular dental check-ups. If your child’s dentist thinks that they could benefit from straightening treatments then they will refer you to an orthodontist in Uxbridge to get expert advice. The orthodontist may want to wait a while to see how your child’s teeth develop or to begin the treatment right away. Every child’s needs are different so the approach will be tailored to them in order to achieve the best results.