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Predictable orthodontic results for your child

Orthodontic treatment involves the patient wearing removable or fixed braces to straighten the teeth and fix dental and bite issues. Braces aren’t just for adult teeth, and children can also benefit from orthodontics here at Time Dental.


Why choose children's orthodontics at Time Dental?

Getting braces for your child can boost confidence about their appearance following treatment and improve their oral health as the teeth are easier to clean after orthodontics. It’s best to sort out any issues with their teeth as early as possible because it is far easier to realign teeth at a younger age. Getting teeth straightening completed earlier in life also means one less thing for youngsters to worry about as they progress to adulthood.

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Benefits of teeth straightening

There are multiple benefits to getting your kids braces, including: –

  • Getting straighter teeth and correcting teeth crowding.
  • Adjusting the ‘bite’ of the teeth so that the front and back teeth meet evenly together when closing.
  • Reducing any likelihood of damage to prominent teeth.
  • Improving your appearance and your smile.
  • Better oral health as easier access to clean and maintain good dental hygiene habits.

Choose a specialist in orthodontics

If your child needs orthodontic treatment, our orthodontist, Dr Andreea Negulescu,  will be able to help answer any questions or concerns that you or your child may have. Here are some guidelines to help them get to grips with braces if they need them.

They are not alone – reassure your child that there are many other brace wearers, including some high-profile celebrities, so there is no need to feel self-conscious.

Getting used to it – Make sure your child realises that it won’t take too long to get used to new braces, and though they may feel odd at first, this shock of the new and any possible effects on their speech (such as a lisp) will not last long.

Keep them clean – ensure your child knows how important it is to keep their braces and their teeth lovely and clean. This means encouraging them to brush after every meal (if possible!) and making sure they learn to love flossing so any bits of food that get stuck in their braces can quickly be removed.

Avoid certain foods & drinks – explain that certain food & drinks will probably need to be off the menu for a while. These include hard foods, such as crusty bread, some raw veg, and sticky foods like toffee and sticky sweets. Sugary snacks or drinks between meals or at bedtime should also be avoided, as should fizzy drinks, including diet drinks or consuming large amounts of fruit juice.

Choose softer options – it may be helpful to encourage your child to eat softer foods to keep their braces firmly in place. Also, after their brace and wire adjustment appointments, teeth may be a little tender for 3-5 days, so softer foods can reduce any discomfort.

Fast results – reassure your child that orthodontic changes may start to happen pretty quickly and when they do see their teeth moving in the right direction, they may feel more positive about the whole straightening experience. 

Embrace the brace – remind them that they can often customise fixed braces with coloured bands, so they might enjoy how they look.

Schedule a consultation today and take the first step towards a straighter, healthier smile for your child!

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Frequently asked questions

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the method of moving teeth within the jawbones to straighten them and help them bite together more evenly.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who has completed further studies in orthodontics. A specialist orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has carried out an extra 3 years of specialist training to become a specialist orthodontist.

When should a child first see an orthodontist?

Most children start any orthodontic treatment once their permanent teeth have erupted. This is usually around 12 to 13 years of age. However, age is not a barrier to orthodontics and many adults are now seeking out teeth straightening methods, particularly invisible braces.

What happens at my first orthodontic appointment?

Your mouth will be examined to assess the issues. You may need to have some X-rays taken. Your orthodontist will then explain the different treatment options available to you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

How long will orthodontic treatment take?

Simple straightening can sometimes be completed within six months, particularly when it’s only the front six teeth that need to shift. It can take between 12 months to 2 years to get the teeth to bite in a better way and to work in harmony with the jaws and lips.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

You can expect some tenderness and aching as the teeth start to move but this usually wears off in the first few days after fitting and adjusting. Fitting the brace is usually not painful and no anaesthetic is required.

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