Crooked teeth can knock your child’s confidence and, because they’re often more difficult to brush than straight teeth, they can cause a number of different health problems.
With crooked teeth, it can be difficult to reach the inner surfaces of the teeth with a toothbrush, which can lead to a build-up of plaque. A build-up of plaque in the mouth can also lead to bad breath, caused by bacteria releasing foul-smelling gases.
This sticky substance contains harmful bacteria, which, if not removed by brushing, can start to irritate the gums.
Early symptoms of gum disease, such as red, swollen gums that bleed after brushing, can eventually follow. Gum disease, which has been linked to several major health problems including heart disease and heart attacks, is estimated to affect more than half of adults in the UK. Download our free Teeth Straightening Guide For Kids to learn more.
While gum disease is unusual in children, it’s best to try to fix crooked teeth as early as possible to prevent future problems.
Crooked teeth can also make chewing more difficult, which can wear away the enamel on the teeth.
There are a number of different types of crooked teeth treatments that could help your child. They include fixed braces, which are made from a combination of wires and either ceramic or metal brackets. Clear, removable braces are suitable for some children. All these types of braces work by applying pressure on the crooked teeth to gently straighten them over time.
The treatment often begins with taking a tooth - or teeth - out to make more room before the child starts wearing braces. Tooth extraction is usually a straightforward procedure that takes no more than 20-30 minutes.
Most patients are given an injection of local anaesthetic, which may feel slightly sore, to numb the mouth. Your child will probably feel a little pressure as a tooth is taken out but, because of the anaesthetic, they will feel no pain. Spaces left by removal will then be closed up during treatment with braces. In some cases, it’s possible to begin treatment with braces without any extractions.
Children with crooked teeth who go on to get them straightened:
At Metamorphosis Orthodontics, we’ve helped hundreds of children with crooked teeth and other problems to enjoy healthier, better-looking straight teeth.
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