Dental braces for children in Brisbane
What is orthodontics?
Not everyone is lucky to have straight teeth and a perfect smile, so if you do, take care of them by practising proper oral hygiene and arranging a regular dental visit with your kid’s dentist in Brisbane.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that can correct jaw and teeth misalignment in the mouth, fix patients’ bite problems, and improve smiles.
Common Children’s Orthodontic Problems
Our Brisbane orthodontists may decide your child needs orthodontic treatment if they notice your child’s upper and lower teeth do not line up correctly. The problem is pretty common among both children and adults and can be treated by early orthodontic intervention. Misalignment of the teeth and jaws can result in a bad bite or malocclusion, affect oral health, and negatively impact your child’s smile.
According to the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO), parents should arrange a dental visit for their young children when they notice any signs of orthodontic problems or for an initial orthodontic evaluation at around age 7.
These are the most common orthodontic problems:
- Open bite
- crooked teeth
- Extra teeth or missing teeth
The benefit of Early Intervention of orthodontics in Kids
An early orthodontic evaluation will ensure your child’s proper dental development. Tell the orthodontist if early orthodontic treatment is needed to help the erupting teeth emerge correctly into the jaw. Early intervention and addressing orthodontic issues at an early age will improve your child’s smile and solve any bite problems.
What is the best age for early orthodontic intervention?
In most cases, early detection of orthodontic issues and early age will result in a more successful treatment. The optimal age for an initial orthodontic evaluation is usually age 7. Care to know the reason? Read on to see why our Brisbane dental experts believe so.
Kids start to lose their baby teeth and get their permanent teeth at around six years of age; when they are 7, their mouth is home to both permanent and primary teeth. This is the best time for the dentist to have an early assessment of your child’s mouth to track the proper growth of the permanent teeth and jaw and start treatments if they notice any orthodontic problems.
Treatments and external forces like braces are more effective at this age since kids’ jaw, bones, and gums are relatively softer and, therefore, easier to change and be guided into the desired position. Plus, the dentist will be able to help parents with the thumb-sucking habit better at this age. Furthermore, the sooner parents address their kid’s orthodontic issues, the shorter the length of the treatment will be.
But does that mean your child should get braces that early in life?
No! Young children before ages 12 or 13 do not receive full braces from having straight teeth. They may need to have tooth removal, though, to treat overcrowded teeth.
Need more information and guidance? You are most welcome to contact our dental team on 07 3343 4869.
Thumb-sucking and Orthodontics
Many parents struggle with their young children’s thumb-sucking habit; while it won’t usually cause concern before kids’ permanent teeth have erupted, it can lead to many dental problems. Thumb-sucking needs to be treated early because it can interfere with kids’ proper dental growth and cause teeth misalignment.
Untreated orthodontic issues
Why early treatment of orthodontic problems is essential
If not properly addressed, orthodontic problems will have consequences for the patient in the future.
Untreated orthodontic issues will:
- increase the patient’s risk of developing more complicated dental problems, like gum disease
- increase the need for more invasive or surgical dental treatments later in life
- prevent conditions like TMJ disorders
- cause premature wear of kids’ enamel
- make your child’s teeth more susceptible to tooth decay
- make oral hygiene very difficult for patients
- affect children’s beautiful smiles
Attention: If left untreated, crooked teeth will cause bite problems and lead to tooth decay and gum disease because they are hard to keep clean.
Orthodontic treatment for children
Child’s Braces, Clear Aligner, or Invisalign?
Kids can benefit from receiving orthodontic treatment early in life to prevent many dental issues in the future. Pure Dentistry orthodontists can give you professional consultation about what type of treatment your child needs for their bite problems.
If your child is getting braces, the orthodontist has probably noticed these problems:
- gaps between the child’s teeth
- any missing teeth
- having an extra tooth, crowded or crooked teeth
- protruding teeth (could be due to thumb or finger sucking)
- breathing through the mouth
- misplaced tooth
How long does it take for braces to correct misalignment for your child?
Dental braces treatment time
The process for your child’s braces may be a bit lengthy, depending on the type of issue being addressed and also whether the child is cooperative. Therefore, while braces can fix orthodontic problems for some kids in about three months, they may take almost several years to accomplish that goal. Kids’ braces may take about 1 or 2 hours to be installed on your child’s teeth.
Do braces hurt?
Braces with no pain
Your child will not feel any intolerable pain while having braces. Mild soreness and discomfort, however, can occur, which will go away after a few days. Your child will be able to eat, drink, and speak with no difficulty.
Contact your dentist to receive useful guidance on how to practice dental hygiene with having braces on.
Pay our dental clinic in Brisbane a visit if you notice any signs of infection after the orthodontist installed your kid’s braces, for example, ongoing bleeding or swollen gums.
Are there any alternatives to metal braces?
Instead of traditional braces, your Brisbane dentist at Pure Dentistry may decide to use clear aligners or Invisalign to fix your child’s misaligned teeth and jaw.
You know what Invisalign is, right? Yes, you’re right! They are invisible aligners. So, yes, they are a kind of braces, but for mild orthodontic problems. Please remember that if the dentist decides to use Invisalign for your child, you will need to be working hard to watch your child to make sure they are wearing their invisible aligner correctly and for the recommended amount of time.
Kids Dentist in Brisbane
Whatever the problem is, your Brisbane kids dentist will be able to address it with early orthodontic intervention and provide the necessary dental treatment.
An early check-up with your professional Brisbane orthodontist will give you more information about your child’s teeth and whether they need to receive early orthodontic treatment.
Contact us on 07 3343 4869 to book an appointment and a consultation.