A child’s smile is one of the purest and most joyous sights in the world. As parents, we do all that is in our power to preserve that smile by providing them with the proper care and affection that they deserve. Children speed through childhood faster than we can comprehend and pretty quickly they may show signs of a faltering smile and wavering confidence. One of the leading causes of lowered self-esteem in young children and teens is their dissatisfaction with their smiles. An abnormal bite, crowded or crooked teeth, and uneven gaps in between teeth can all cause children to feel overly conscious about smiles.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all solution to misaligned teeth. However, braces and similar dental appliances have been widely contributing to rebuilding lost smiles. In fact, a recent NHS study stated that between 35 and 42 percent of 12-year-olds have teeth that clinically require braces. At Yorkshire’s number one orthodontics practice, we help restore the fragile smiles of your children and give them the confidence they deserve.
Why is orthodontics important?
While pediatric dentists focus on the health of the gums and teeth, Orthodontists study the growth and development of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the development, prevention, and correction of dental irregularities. With the help of Windmill Orthodontic’s specialist team, your child can not only be able to achieve a straighter smile but also a healthier one.
How will orthodontic treatment help my child?
Orthodontics plays a pivotal part in the child’s oral and dental growth and development. Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Proper orthodontic care can help prevent the risk of decay, trauma and correct even the most extreme cases of facial and jaw disfigurement. Once you can bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily. Not to mention the benefits of a nice smile. Having a symmetrical and pleasing smile early on can significantly increase confidence in growing children and boost their sense of self-worth. Our Specialist Orthodontists have had extensive training that enables them to provide professional and personalised treatment plans to each individual patient.
Where did my child’s orthodontic problems come from?
Most orthodontic problems in children are inherited in some way or form. However, sometimes some dental problems develop as a result of uninterrupted oral habits such as sucking the thumbs or fingers and mouth breathing. Additionally, dental disease and poor oral hygiene can also contribute to the incidence of orthodontic problems. Whatever the case may be, our Orthodontists are able to treat most conditions with relative success.
Won’t my child’s teeth straighten out as they grow?
One of the most infamous and on-going misconceptions among parents is that their child’s oral hygiene does not matter. The logic behind such thought is that since milk teeth eventually fall out, they aren’t as important to be taken care of. However, this could not be further from the truth.
Primary or baby teeth, while being temporary, are also space-holders for the adult teeth. The space available for the permanent teeth does not increase as one grows. A poorly aligned set of baby teeth can also mean drastic impairment in the alignment of the permanent dentition. So, unfortunately, no- your child’s teeth will not straighten out as they grow. The good news, however, is that with the right orthodontic intervention at the right time, your child’s teeth can be straightened.
What is the right age for orthodontic treatment?
There is no set age when children should start to see an orthodontist. Whilst the majority of children are ready for braces by 11-16 a very small proportion could benefit from treatment earlier. This is sometimes referred to as interceptive orthodontics. The treatment plan will depend on the specific child’s unique needs. If you think that a problem is developing earlier then you should seek advice.
The goal of any orthodontic treatment is to prevent further problems from arising and to ensure a “normal” bite. Braces and other aligners are thought to be most effective in children as compared to adults as their bones are still developing. Adjusting the underlying bone and restructuring the positions of the teeth early on in the developmental process can improve their bite for the rest of their lives. Getting orthodontic treatment may be your child’s saving grace from a lifetime of poor oral health as the need for dental work is significantly reduced if orthodontic treatment is completed early.
What can orthodontic treatment fix?
Early intervention of braces and aligners in kids helps correct the developmental problems associated with their teeth and jaws. Your child maybe in need of an orthodontic treatment plan if they present with any of these conditions:
- Overcrowded teeth: When there is a discrepancy between the size of your teeth and jaws. Overcrowded teeth can be unsightly and cause many hygiene problems.
- Uneven gaps: When there is a discrepancy between the size of your teeth and jaws or when there are missing teeth.
- Prominent front teeth: Also known as an increased overjet, can occur due to the position of the jaws or angulation of the teeth.
- Underbites: Also known as a reverse overjet, can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth.
- Crossbites: When the upper and lower jaws are both maligned.
- Overbites: When upper teeth overlap significantly with the lower teeth.
- An open bite – when your front teeth remain apart when your back teeth meet; the tongue is often still visible between the upper and lower front teeth.
- Impacted teeth – in some patients, secondary teeth come through in the wrong position or do not erupt at all. Orthodontic treatment can help bring these teeth into the correct position.
If there is a problem with your child’s bite it can sometimes be beneficial to treat them before the age of 11 years. Introducing braces when the child’s bones are still malleable can help expand the jaw to make room for their permanent teeth, thus, correcting the incidence of overcrowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth.
What are some benefits of early orthodontic treatment?
- Creates more space for overcrowded teeth to erupt: Orthodontic treatment can help expand the jaws and make more space for the permanent teeth to erupt in uniformity.
- Improves facial symmetry: Braces and aligners can correct crooked and misaligned teeth. This synergistic tooth movement can change the overall appearance of the face, making it look fuller and more symmetrical.
- Reduces the risk of chipping of protruded teeth: Children who have protruded front teeth often do not have enough lip coverage to protect the teeth from a fall or a blow. This means that it will be easier for the child to lose teeth and incur damage if proper orthodontic care to correct these issues is not put into place.
- Resolves speech issues: A visible problem with overbites can often cause an obstruction of the tongue while talking. Braces can successfully correct overbites and resolve speech impediment issues.
- Prevents uneven wear of teeth: Sometimes if teeth have erupted into the wrong position they can wear down unevenly
What are my choices for children’s orthodontics?
We offer a range of treatment options that can significantly affect the way your child grows up with their smiles. We offer three main options for orthodontics such as:
- Removable braces: Made from plastic and metal these appliances can incorporate springs and retractors to help correct a wide range of issues. They are very efficient.
- Traditional fixed braces: Bracket and wire braces can help improve common bite-related issues like overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
- Clear aligners: With the added promise to improve the self-image and confidence of your child, we also offer clear aligners like Invisalign that are discreet yet effective in the process of teeth straightening.
- Lingual braces: When conventional braces become too conspicuous, you can opt for lingual braces that hide perfectly behind your front lower teeth.
An improvement in the child’s smile and successful straightening of the teeth can concurrently occur when proper orthodontic treatment is assigned. At Windmill Orthodontics York, we believe that your child’s smile should be protected to the best of our capabilities. Get in contact with us to arrange a free consultation.