Children's Braces in Brighton & Hove
At Splash Orthodontics, we encourage children to have an orthodontic consultation by the age of 11 as this can help us to identify any future problems they may have which will require treatment later on.
Does My Child Need Braces?
Throughout their life, your child will be told that first impressions count. This is also true of their smile. But a child who is afraid or embarrassed to smile because they are self-conscious of their crooked teeth could develop confidence issues later in life.
Issues such as crooked, overlapping, crowded teeth or a “bad bite” are likely to cause your child pain and discomfort if they are not addressed early. A bad bite (known as malocclusion) is when there’s a noticeable difference between the sizes of your top and bottom jaws. If your child’s top jaw is bigger than the lower, it’s known as overbite. If the lower jaw is bigger, it’s known as underbite.
Although malocclusion can be down to genetics, there are other factors that may increase the chance of malocclusion. Such as:
- Losing baby teeth too early
- Bad habits (thumb-sucking, overuse of dummy etc)
- Hereditary causes
Regardless of how your child’s malocclusion develops, orthodontic intervention will help restore your child’s smile and boost their confidence.
Identifying a Problem Early
Children’s oral health is of vital importance, even from an early age. As such, we strongly advise you take your child to visit the dentist when they reach one year old (or within a year after their first tooth erupts). While there may not be any noticeable problems, a checkup is always advised to ensure your child does not encounter any issues as their mouth continues to develop.
Once your child’s adult teeth have come through, we recommend you bring them in for a consultation with one of our children’s orthodontists. We won’t necessarily start treatment at this stage, but we will be able to do an assessment of your child’s teeth and jaws. From that, we will be able to predict any major or minor orthodontic problems they may have in the future.
If your dentist does identify any problems, they will either rectify the problem themselves, or refer you to an orthodontist for specialist treatment.
What Age Should I Take My Child to the Orthodontist?
There is no strict age for your child to visit the orthodontist. However, it’s advised that their first visit falls between the ages of 7 – 10. Once your child’s permanent teeth come in (around the age of 7), you may want to arrange a checkup for peace of mind.
There are, of course, exceptions to the age ‘rule’.
For example, if you feel as though your child is having difficulty eating or you notice there is a clear problem with their mouth, gums or teeth which is affecting them, a visit to the orthodontist may be required. In most cases, your dentist will refer your child to an orthodontist, so it’s important to visit the dentist at least once a year to ensure their oral health is in check.
At this age, your orthodontist will be able to identify any issues and if necessary, start treatment immediately.
Is there an Age Limit for Braces?
Many people come to us wondering what age children get braces, with some probably worried that they have missed the opportunity. You’ll be glad to know there is no age limit to having braces! In fact, many adults visit the orthodontist to have their teeth correctly aligned. This is either because they neglected to see an orthodontist before, or they were not able to arrange a visit during their childhood.
It’s not uncommon for an orthodontist to suggest that there is in fact a better age to seek orthodontic treatment. However, this does not mean that the effects of having treatment later in life will hamper the development or the results of undergoing treatment. It’s simply a case of addressing the issue before it worsens, to ensure that the patient will not be living in discomfort.
Are there Major Differences Regarding Braces for Kids and for Adults?
Strictly speaking there are no major notable differences between adult braces and braces for children. This is because all braces are unique anyway, so no patient will ever have ‘the same braces’. Of course, there are also different types of braces: Invisalign, lingual braces, metal (wired) and retainers, etc.. The technique (or application) remains very similar for every patient.
Do Braces Cost More Depending on Age?
How much children’s braces cost is often a worry for parents, but due to the fact that braces are priced on how many adjustments are needed over time, there’s no fixed price. It also depends on how long the braces need to be worn.
However, in most cases, braces for adults may cost slightly more because they take longer to have an effect. This is because adults’ mouths are more susceptible to gum disease, weakened roots and other factors that simply come with age. Whereas children’s teeth are able to be shifted into desired positions far easier because they’re still developing. This means braces take less time to work.
Again, the condition of your mouth depends on the price of your braces. However, in most cases, braces for adults do cost more. You can always speak with your orthodontist to get an idea of how much your braces will cost.
What can be predicted from this consultation?
By analysing your child’s teeth at this early stage we are able to determine whether your child will suffer from crowded or erupting teeth, require any tooth extraction, suffer from protruding teeth or need any jaw realignment work. Ultimately, we want to ensure the extent of orthodontic treatment your child may require is limited.
If you would like to discuss early orthodontic treatment for children or braces for children’s teeth, contact the practice today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Start Your Child’s Braces Journey Today
You can get braces during any stage of your life, so your children will always be able to get braces if they need them, but it’s important to do your own research before opting to visit an orthodontist. Find out which option you would prefer and then arrange a consultation with your orthodontist. They will perform some standard checks, such as taking x-rays of your child’s mouth and bite.
Arranging a consultation with an orthodontist at Splash Orthodontics is just the start of your journey towards a brighter smile and a healthier, happier child. We understand that getting braces is a big commitment for some, that’s why it’s important to raise any questions or concerns you may have during the consultation. However, you can rest assured that once your child’s braces are fitted, your orthodontist will be there to answer any questions throughout the treatment process and thereon after.