It is never a fun day trying to get your child to the dentist. When your child’s dentist turns to you and tells you that your child needs braces, it can feel like the ground has swallowed you up. You begin to question yourself and the dentist about the necessity of the aligner, while your child becomes more and more upset at the prospect of wearing a brace.
Before you decide to say no for the sake of your child’s social life, consider that in the UK alone, up to 70% of all children wear some kind of aligner or brace to help correct their teeth. It is also a short term treatment, which will provide your child with countless years of a straighter, healthier smile.
If you are still undecided about saying yes to your child wearing a brace, here are the top 5 dental issues it can help correct, that will be harder to correct later in life.
Overbite and underbite
The most common reason for childhood orthodontics in Harley Street is the prevention of the over and underbites.
Aside from causing an unusual look to your child’s smile, an untreated over or underbite creates a misalignment of the teeth, which can cause issues with bite precision and strength. While this may sound minor, misaligned teeth have been linked to higher occurrences of headaches, migraines, and even temporomandibular joint disorder, so it’s worth saying yes to orthodontics in Harley Street.
A dental protrusion is not only common in children but it is also extremely treatable.
Caused by a few teeth sticking out in an unusual fashion, dental protrusions can cause problems with bite precision or aesthetic appearance, depending on where they are in the mouth.
Protrusions at the front of the mouth can also increase the risk of serious injury to the inner lips, cheek and tongue.
Spaced teeth create an asymmetrical appearance to your child’s smile but can lead to secondary issues like tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Gaps in the teeth can be harder to clean correctly and so, they become the perfect places for plaque and bacteria to accumulate. This can create preventable issues like tooth decay and gum disease to form in these spaces, causing discomfort and further complications for your child’s oral health.
Crowded teeth create a similar issue to spaced teeth.
If teeth are crowded, they are harder to clean, leading to small pockets of bacteria forming in between the cramped teeth. These are not only harder to clean for your child, but can also be difficult for a dental professional to clean, even with specialised equipment.
Poor long term oral health
Straighter teeth are easier to clean, for both your child and any hygienist.
Teeth that are easier to clean are less likely to suffer from tooth decay, gum disease or abscesses and infections. As we age, it becomes harder to move our teeth with braces, so if your child needs braces, say yes to having them fitted.