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What types of braces are best for children?

February 25, 2017


Do you want to learn more about what type of braces are best for your children?

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Every day you make decisions that affect the outcome of your child’s life. 

Whether it’s making sure they’ve had a healthy breakfast, paying for college tuition, or choosing an orthodontist, every one can be a nerve-wracking decision. 

And throughout, constantly asking: “Am I doing the best for my child?”.

This is normal. 

It’s also completely normal to want your children to have wonderful memories of their childhood and teenage years. 

And you should be in no doubt that they will.

The first day of secondary school. The first date, a first kiss. Their first real job.

But a crooked or spaced smile can blemish these memories, and quash their burgeoning confidence unnecessarily…

…because with the right orthodontics you can give them a stunning smile that will last a lifetime. 

So congratulations on taking your first step in learning more about orthodontic treatment.

How do I know if my child needs braces?

Most parents are not sure when or why they should take their child to be seen by an orthodontist. 

One of the most commonly asked questions is, “Should I wait until my dentist recommends braces?”.

The answer? No. 

Ideally your child should see an orthodontist sometime before their 7th birthday. 

This allows your orthodontist to assess the formation of their teeth and bones early, and assess their possible need for braces in the future.  

Orthodontic treatment at an early age is often less invasive and can prevent permanent teeth being extracted. 

But the only way your orthodontist will know the optimal time to begin orthodontic treatment is if they have the chance to regularly check the development of your child’s teeth and mouth. 

In some cases it can even help avoid the need for jaw surgery. 

Don’t fret if your child is older than 7 and hasn’t been to see an orthodontist, there’s still time!

Simply book in for a consultation with one of our specialist child dentists by clicking here 


When is the best time for children to get braces?

The optimal time for most children to begin orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 10 and 13. 

At this age, your child is still growing (often at a rapid rate!), which allows the teeth and jaw to be moved into alignment easier than is often the case later in life. 

The truth is though, that this depends entirely on your child. Some children may require braces as early as age 6, and some not until much later in their teens. 

The only way to make sure that your child is given braces at the best time for them, is to ensure they are checked regularly by an orthodontist. 


What type of braces are best for children?

As little as 30 years ago, traditional ‘train-track’ braces were pretty much the only orthodontic option available. 

Since, there has been a plethora of different appliances that promise faster, better, or more discreet teeth-straightening. 

How do you know which type of braces is the best for your child?

The truth is, all these appliances work well to straighten teeth. 

What you’re really looking for is the skill and experience of the orthodontist. 

This is by far the most important decision you have to make when getting braces for your child. 

Your choice of orthodontist will impact the entire treatment, as they’ll be most responsible for choosing and applying the braces. 

Make sure you research your options fully, and choose an orthodontist that makes your feel comfortable and confident - not just the cheapest!

Thinking of starting your own ‘stunning smile’ journey? Click below to book an appointment at Elmsleigh House. 

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