What are the benefits of getting braces as a child?
Your dentist usually recommends that your child starts brace treatment when they are around the age of 10 and above and have lost all of their baby teeth. In some cases, your child may be required to start their treatment at an earlier age to help align their growing jaws, this is known as interceptive treatment. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the benefits of having braces as a child.
The most obvious reason why braces are recommended so early is that your child will gain perfectly straight teeth that will last a lifetime - as long as they wear their retainer. Straight teeth aren’t just aesthetically pleasing but may also help improve your child’s confidence.
As you probably know, patients under the age of 18 can be eligible for braces free under the NHS. You will have to discuss this with your dentist to see whether they think you will be eligible, and ask them to refer you. To determine this, they will assess your child’s teeth and then make their decision based on the severity. Braces are often required if your child’s teeth are overcrowded, have overjet, have congenitally absent teeth or if they have an irregular bite.
Improve Oral Hygiene
If your child’s teeth are overcrowded, brushing them properly becomes difficult. As your child will not be able to brush between their teeth as thoroughly when they are overcrowded, plaque will collect and cavities may start to form. When teeth become straight, it is easier to brush and remove bacteria from all areas of the mouth.
When Will My Child Start Their Treatment?
Unlike with private treatment, your child won’t be able to start their treatment right away and they will be put on a waiting list. Your child will be put onto a waiting list until a space with an Orthodontist becomes available. Please note, your child may be on this list for up to two years.
Before your child starts their treatment, they may have to have some tooth extractions. This will make room for the teeth to move into the new position. Extractions may also be needed if your child still has some of their baby teeth.
Which Treatment Is Best For My Child?
Metal train-track braces are the most common appliance recommended for children. They are a simple, effective appliance that provides a quick treatment time. If your child has a misaligned jaw then they may be suitable for a twin block appliance or we may have to postpone treatment until your child has fully grown to consider a combination of braces and jaw surgery. Braces will need to be worn before and after the surgery to ensure the teeth are straight.
To start your treatment with the NHS, contact your dentist and ask them for a referral. If you are interested in starting private treatment contact our practice on 0161 884 1481.
- Mohammad Malik