Every child’s teeth look crowded and too big for their mouths when they first come through. This is perfectly normal and, with time, most children's faces will grow to make room for their adult teeth.
However, if your child has crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or if you’ve simply noticed changes to your child’s teeth which are affecting their ability to eat or breathe through the mouth, your child would most likely benefit from braces (metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners, etc.).
Some orthodontic conditions are easier to correct if treated sooner rather than later. Early treatment can prevent more severe problems later on by addressing teeth and jaw development while kids are still growing. We recommend bringing your child to their first orthodontic exam at age seven. This gives your dentist the chance to diagnose any issues and determine if your child would best benefit from early treatment before their face has finished growing, or if an issue is best treated later in life.
Every child is unique in their growth and development and each has specific treatment needs. Your dentist is often the first to notice signs of any conditions that may require braces to help your child achieve ideal facial growth, guide adult teeth into a better position, improve the appearance of their teeth, lips and face, and lower the risk of trauma to their front teeth.
Starting regular orthodontic exams does not mean your child will necessarily get braces right away, but it does give your dentist the chance to find and monitor any underlying issues early on so they can provide the best treatment.
Why do children or teens need braces or Invisalign clear aligners?
There are a number of reasons why your kid might experience crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth, or why they might have a noticeable difference in the size of their top and bottom jaws. Tooth and jaw problems can be caused when your child loses their baby teeth too soon, from thumb sucking, the result of an accident or simply through genetics.
How long does the teeth straightening process take?
The length of treatment depends on what the issue is. Straightening a few crooked teeth can take only a matter of months, whereas more complex facial growth issues may take up to 12-24 months.
Is there ever a time where it’s ‘too late’ to straighten teeth?
There is a misbelief that you can only get your teeth straightened when you are young, however healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Clear braces and Invisalign clear aligners are an attractive option for adults looking for the perfect smile, without the look of metal braces.
How can I afford teeth straightening treatment for my child?
At Profilo° Dental, we get that quality dental treatment comes at a cost, and we want our expert dental treatment to be accessible to as many people as we can whilst maintaining our excellent standard of dental care. Payment solutions like DentiCare and zipMoney are safe, simple and interest free options that allow you to access the treatment your child needs now, and pay later.
Profilo° Dental offers traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners.