We recommend that children should have an orthodontic opinion at around the age of 8. Our specialist orthodontists can detect many developing problems at this age. However, most patients start brace treatment in adolescence when most or all of their permanent teeth have been shed. This happens typically at around the age of 12 or 13, but there is quite a lot of variation amongst individuals.
If left untreated, crooked teeth could lead to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury and even tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth can also lead to a decrease in one’s personal self-confidence. Treatment by our specialist orthodontists to correct an orthodontic problem when your child is a teenager is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years. The correction of some orthodontic issues requires the child to be growing still, so it is really important to treat these issues while the patient is still in their teens.
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We help our teen patients by offering them treatments that suit their wishes and lifestyles, and braces that are inconspicuous and much less visible than conventional braces. It is our aim to keep treatment durations as short as possible because we know teenagers are impatient!
While orthodontic treatment requires some commitment, patients are rewarded with healthy straight teeth, proper jaw alignment and a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. If left untreated, crooked teeth could lead to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury and even tooth decay and gum disease. Adolescents and teenagers tend to be quite self-conscious, and crooked teeth can result in a decrease in one’s personal self-confidence. It has been proven that improvements in personal appearance contribute to greater mental and physical well-being, and creating a beautiful smile through orthodontics is a reliable way of improving the health of your teeth as well as your self-esteem. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve one’s general attitude toward life. We certainly see an amazing positive transition in our teen patients when their brace treatment has been completed!
At our practice the majority of our patients are referred to our specialist orthodontists by their general dental practitioners. However, as we are also recommended to many by their friends and family, sometimes we are contacted directly by the patients’ parents. Please consult your regular dentist for an opinion on whether your child should be referred for an orthodontic assessment. Alternatively, you may wish to contact us directly for a consultation if you are concerned that your child has or is developing orthodontic problems.
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