We may recommend orthodontics to correct problems with the development of your child’s teeth and jaws. The use of orthodontic appliances can help ensure their teeth bite together correctly, and repositioning their jaws can provide a more balanced facial profile. Although orthodontics helps improve the appearance of teeth, its main benefits lie in the way it can improve oral health. Straighter teeth that are correctly aligned are much easier to keep clean and free from disease and will wear more evenly. Orthodontics can also help relieve pressure on the jaw joints, reducing the likelihood of problems such as TMJ and bruxism (tooth grinding and clenching).
An orthodontic evaluation will enable our dentists to assess your child’s teeth and jaws, and they may wish to take dental x-rays, photographs and impressions to help diagnose and plan treatment. There are lots of different types of braces that may be used to successfully correct bite problems, and sometimes early orthodontic care can reduce the need for braces in the future or the time required for treatment. It is likely treatment will involve fixed braces and these do require a certain amount of care to keep clean. We can provide full instructions on how to look after braces to ensure teeth remain healthy and strong for the duration of treatment.