As your children grow, their teeth may become crooked.
Crooked teeth can cause self-image problems, particularly at young ages. On top of this, crooked teeth can also cause many future dental problems for your children.
Braces are the key to treating crooked teeth and unlocking your child’s perfect smile. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know about children’s braces.
When do children get braces?
There’s no straightforward answer to this question.
The ideal age for children to get braces is between 12-13 years old. But this depends entirely on your child.
Some children may need to start dental treatment from easy ages of six or seven, before they have even lost all their baby teeth.
The goal of early treatment is to prevent further dental problems from developing. Early treatment will also help aid the proper alignment of their teeth by creating a better environment for the new teeth to grow into.
The sooner your child can begin treatment, the less treatment they may need.
What types of braces are available?
When it comes to braces, there are three main types to choose from.
Traditional braces – These are the most common and thought of treatment for teeth.
Made from metal brackets and bands glued to your teeth, these braces will slowly pull teeth into position.
They are the most obvious and difficult to maintain braces to have, requiring a great deal of upkeep and maintenance. This includes regular check-ups every three to eight weeks, alongside adjustment and repair procedures.
Lingual and ceramic braces – These are the less visible versions of traditional braces. They also need the same amount of maintenance.
Ceramic braces are designed to match the colour of your teeth, blending more seamlessly into your mouth.
Lingual braces are glued to the back of your teeth instead of the front. However, lingual braces can only be used on the bottom set of teeth.
Invisalign braces – Invisalign braces are sets of ultralight plastic aligners. Custom-made to your teeth, each set is designed to slowly and painlessly shift teeth into their perfect position.
Unlike other braces, Invisalign are completely removable and need less check-up appointments. With less upkeep and maintenance, Invisalign will allow your children to live their life as normal.
What maintenance is required?
When your child has braces, it is important that they take care of them.
Traditional, lingual and ceramic braces will be harder for your children to care for. With these braces, it is important that they avoid sticky, hard, chewy and sugary food that could get stuck in and damage their braces. They also need to avoid bad habits like chewing on pens or biting their nails, as this could also damage the braces.
It is also extremely important for them to maintain a great dental hygiene routine. Braces make children more prone to many dental hygiene problems, including serious issues like gum disease.
Poor dental hygiene and maintenance can also extend your child’s treatment time.
As Invisalign braces are completely removable, your children can take them out before eating and drinking and cleaning their teeth. This makes them a lot easier for your children to maintain while reducing the risk of poor dental hygiene.
If your children’s teeth are growing in crooked, they will need straightening treatment to prevent dental problems.
There are many braces options that your child can choose from. Ultimately, your dentist will be able to make sure your child has the perfect kind for them.
Is your child ready for their perfect smile? Book a consultation today