Children’s Orthodontics in Hampstead, London

Ensuring your children receive an early orthodontic examination is the best way to ensure they have a healthy, straight smile later in life. At Heath Street Dental, our specialists recommend that an initial consultation for Children’s Orthodontics should occur by age 7. However, you should have your child’s teeth evaluated as soon as possible if there are some signs of orthodontic problems.

At an early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary for your child. However, careful examination can anticipate the best time to begin treatment. Our Children’s Orthodontics team at Heath Street Dental believe in using early interceptive treatment to aim at preventing or ‘intercepting’ more serious problems later.

At early ages, there are some common signs of orthodontic problems to look out for in your child’s teeth. For example, you can monitor whether their baby teeth are lost early or late: typically your child would lose baby teeth at around age 5 and have adult teeth by age 13. Other common problems to look out for include mouth-breathing, difficulty chewing, protruding teeth and thumb-sucking after age 5. Continual thumb sucking can cause your child’s upper teeth to begin to protrude outwards.

Planning your children’s orthodontics early can save you and your child a lot of hassle later. This is because Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extraction or oral surgery. Receiving early children’s orthodontics can ensure your child prevents the need for orthodontics as an adult.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an initial orthodontic screening by the age of 7. By this age, all your child’s permanent front teeth should have erupted. However, these teeth could become impacted and fail to erupt if there is inadequate space. With an evaluation at this time, we can help to identify problems with eruptions. We can also evaluate the growth of the jaws, check for crossbites (when upper teeth hit inside the lower teeth) and crowding. An early orthodontic screening helps to show if treatment will even be necessary and the best time for your child to be treated.

If required, your child would normally start using comprehensive braces from the age 11.

The type of braces most commonly used for children in the U.K. are traditional metal braces. However, at Heath Street Dental we also employ more aesthetic options that reduce the viability of braces. These includes ceramic braces and lingual braces. Our specialists will always discuss all the treatment options available to you.

If you would like to book an appointment, you can contact us at 0207 813 5000 or info@heathstreetdental.co.uk.

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