At Metamorphosis Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on giving parents all the information they need to make informed choices about orthodontic treatment for their children. We produce informative blog posts and downloadable guides - and give you valuable advice over the phone and in person when you come to see us.
In this blog post, we bring you three more crucial facts about orthodontics for children.
Fact 1: Planning now can save smiles later
We advise parents to bring their children to see us by the age of seven at the latest.
This gives us the best opportunity to spot problems and start to put things right. It also makes it easier for us to stop any further problems as your child gets older.
Orthodontic problems can steadily deteriorate, which means they become more and more difficult to treat. Please bring children older than seven to see us as soon as possible. Download our free Teeth Straightening Guide For Kids to learn more.
Fact 2: Not everything you hear about braces is true
Myth 1: Brass and wind instrumentalists who wear braces will not be able to play their instruments.
Because playing instruments such as the clarinet or the trumpet involves the teeth, the tongue and muscles of the lips and the face, orthodontic treatment can make things a little tricky to begin with. But, with a bit of practise, most musicians can adjust to wearing braces. (1)
Myth 2: It’s not safe for people who play contact sports, such as rugby, to wear braces.
The British Orthodontic Society recommends wearing a mouth guard over a fixed brace when playing contact sports. This could prevent the brace being damaged, the mouth being cut by the brace and dental injuries. Braces give a great deal of support to the teeth. The main job of the mouth guard is to protect the brace.
Myth 3: Orthodontic treatment takes years and years
Treatment times vary depending on the patient and the specific teeth straightening treatment.
Most patients will need to wear braces for about two years. More severe cases will take longer.
Fact 3: Choosing the best child orthodontist is crucial
Would you prefer your child to be treated by an exceptional Specialist Orthodontists (who holds General Dental Council “Specialist” status)? Or would you rather they were treated by an all-rounder dentist who does teeth straightening among many other treatments.
We have a great deal of expertise and experience in a number of different child orthodontic treatments. We can help you and your child choose the teeth straightening treatment best suited to their needs to give them exceptional results. If you want the best for your child, then a Specialist Orthodontist for kids - with lots of experience of treating youngsters - is the only option.
Want to find out more?
Download our free Teeth Straightening Guide For Kids or click below to book a FREE consultation.