The ideal time for children to have their first Orthodontic exam is 7 years when we can identify subtle problems with how their face is growing.
1. When should my child have their first orthodontic exam?
The ideal time for children to have their first orthodontic exam is around the age of 7. Even though we aren't looking to start treatment at this age, we can pick up subtle problems with how their face might be growing.
If we do detect any issues with the growth of their jaws and face, we will be able to predict the ideal age for them to have treatment. This allows you to plan for this at the best time for you and your child.
The main thing we are trying to achieve with early orthodontic assessment, is to give you all the information about how your child is growing, and if they will benefit from treatment, then what the ideal age to start will be.
2. When is the ideal time for children to start orthodontics?
The best time to start orthodontic treatment is usually in their early teens. This is when most of their adult teeth have come through, and their faces are rapidly growing and changing.
Starting orthodontic treatment at the right time can take advantage of this growth. Encouraging ideal jaw and facial development has many essential health benefits.
3. Am I too old for orthodontics?
You're never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. No matter what your age, properly aligned teeth will always contribute to your better health and well-being, as well as giving you a beautiful smile.
More and more adults are seeking out orthodontic treatment to correct a wide array of conditions, and while some are most definitely cosmetic, many are related to functional issues and medical health.
Properly aligned teeth allow you to maintain the ideal health of your teeth and gums, which puts you in the best position to keep all of your teeth as you get older.
A balanced bite spreads your considerable chewing forces across all of your teeth, minimising the risk of damaging them, and guarding the health of your jaw and jaw joints.
And of course, orthodontics can give you a naturally beautiful smile. Feeling relaxed with your smile helps you embrace the chance to spend time with friends and family, which is increasingly important as we move into later life.
4. How long does orthodontic treatment usually take?
This depends on what you want us to do!
Some people just want to correct a few misaligned teeth and straighten their smile, in which case treatment may only take a few months or so.
If you have more difficult alignment issues such as a bad bite, then you might need to straighten all of your teeth. Orthodontic correction of all of your teeth will usually take an average of 12-18 months.
The most complex of orthodontic treatment may require surgical jaw correction, where treatment may be in excess of 2 years. Although it takes time, for the people that would benefit, the results can be life-changing.
5. Do I need a retainer after orthodontic treatment?
We want the amazing results of our orthodontic work to last!
Teeth have a natural tendency to shift back into their original position following orthodontic treatment, and retainers keep your teeth in the correct place after we have taken off your braces.
There are 2 main types of retainers...
- Fixed retainers | These are thin, custom-made wires that are bonded to the back of your front teeth
- Removable retainers | These are clear trays or mouthguards that you place over your teeth at night whilst sleeping
In our experience, lingual retainers are by far the better option. They allow you to clean and floss around them properly, and most people forget they are even there within a few days.
More importantly, they are permanently fixed to your teeth. This means that you don't have to worry about losing your retainer, or needing to replace it on a periodic basis like with removable ones.
6. What options are available for orthodontic treatment?
As more and more adults seek out orthodontic treatment, we get that most people want to straighten their smile, without the rest of the world knowing.
There is now such an abundance of ways to align your teeth, that you will be stuck for choice between cosmetic options such as Ceramic Braces, Lingual Braces, and Invisalign.
Ceramic Braces work in exactly the same way as normal metal braces, and because they are clear, they blend in with the natural colour of your teeth.
Lingual Braces sit on the inside of your teeth, and continuously work their magic while staying completely hidden from view.
Invisalign uses a series of clear trays that slip over your teeth, and use a small amount of pressure to gently guide them into the correct position.
Each of these options have their own positive attributes. By discussing with us your individual lifestyle needs, we will be able to recommend the best options that will fit in with your day to day activities.
7. What is digital orthodontics?
Digital orthodontics is the future in straightening teeth! It allows orthodontic treatment to be completed with greater precision, accuracy and efficiency than conventional braces.
The precision offered by 3D digital orthodontics means we can give you a better orthodontic result in a shorter amount of time.
It does this by using orthodontics that are custom-designed for your teeth, that specifically move your teeth into the desired arrangement.
3D orthodontic simulation provides a clear idea of your end result, giving you the confidence in knowing exactly how your smile will look.
The key to faster and more comfortable orthodontic treatment is accuracy, and 3D digital orthodontics is the ultimate in orthodontic precision.
8. Do you offer payment plans?
Of course we do! Orthodontics takes time to achieve your perfect smile, and we space out the cost of this over the course of treatment.
We use a service called DentiCare, that is interest-free, uses monthly direct debit repayments, and only requires you to pay 20% of the cost of treatment up front.