When it comes to braces for children, it’s hard to know all the right steps to take as a parent. When do I bring my child to their first dental check-up? What is an Orthodontist and why is important to see them in addition to my dentist? How young is too young for braces?
Orthodontists and Dentists
First, it’s important to know the difference between and Orthodontist and a Dentist. Dentistry is a branch of medicine that consists of the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the teeth (i.e. cavities, fillings, crowns, veneers, etc.). Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry which specialises in the treatment of alignment in teeth and jaws. These alignment problems are treated with braces fro children, teens and adults.
The First Assessment
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends bringing children in for their first orthodontic assessment at age 7 (but it can be sooner if there are particular concerns over the alignment of teeth). Some bite issues are hard to see to the untrained eye, so it is important to bring your child in to be assessed when they are young. Since the teeth and jaws are still developing at this stage, we have a better opportunity to correct any problems before growth is complete with particular braces for children. With kids, Orthodontists mainly use “phase 1” or “early orthodontic treatment” to correct bite or jaw issues with specialty braces/devices. This treatment starts between 6-10 years of age (when the adult teeth are coming in) and about 1 in 5 children need it.
Early Braces For Children
We offer 3 types of early orthodontic treatment at our clinic:
- Functional braces
- URA “upper removable appliance” braces
- Invisalign clear braces with wings
Recently, Invisalign has released a new, innovative brace specifically for early orthodontic treatment in children. At the moment, we are the only practice in the country to use this modern technology!
Is Your Child Ready?
While some children are ready for early treatment, some may not be. If so, the Orthodontist will keep your details in their system to review your child in the future (when more of the adult teeth are in). We advise parents to be proactive with their children’s teeth and bring to see both a Dentist and Orthodontist to check the overall health and alignment of their teeth.
Want to bring your child in for an orthodontic assessment? We are offering complimentary consultations to children during the Easter School Holidays at our clinic in Blackrock, Dublin!