A radiant smile not only enhances a child’s confidence but also contributes to optimal oral health. In this blog, we’ll explore the various options available for orthodontic treatment at our dentists in Surrey, including fixed braces, clear aligners, and removable braces, while also highlighting the importance of proper care and maintenance during treatment.
Fixed Braces: These traditional braces consist of brackets and wires that are fixed onto the teeth. Over time, these components work together to gradually shift teeth into their desired positions. They are highly effective for complex cases and offer a range of coloured bands to make the experience fun for kids.
Clear Aligners: The revolutionary alternative to braces, clear aligners like Invisalign® offer a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth. Custom-made for each child, these aligners are changed every few weeks to gradually align the teeth. They’re removable, making eating, brushing, and flossing hassle-free.
Removable Braces: These devices can be taken out for cleaning and eating. They use gentle pressure to guide teeth into place. While not suitable for every case, they are often used for simpler orthodontic issues.
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment is crucial to achieving successful results. Here’s how to care for teeth with various orthodontic devices:
Fixed Braces: Brushing after every meal and using a proxy brush to clean around brackets and wires is essential. Floss threaders or orthodontic floss can help navigate between wires and teeth.
Clear Aligners: Remove the aligners before eating and brush your teeth before putting them back in. Rinse aligners with water or a mild cleanser to keep them fresh and clean.
Removable Braces: Take out the appliance before eating and clean it using a toothbrush and toothpaste. Additionally, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before reinserting.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment extend far beyond aesthetics:
Improved Oral Health: Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
Enhanced Self-Esteem: A confident smile can boost self-esteem and social interactions, especially during a child’s formative years.
Better Speech and Chewing: Properly aligned teeth contribute to clear speech and efficient chewing, promoting overall well-being.
Reduced Risk of Dental Injuries: Protruding or misaligned teeth are more vulnerable to trauma. Orthodontic treatment can minimise this risk.
Invisalign® Teen: Tailored for teenagers, Invisalign® Teen offers the same benefits as regular Invisalign®, with added features like eruption tabs to accommodate growing teeth.
Digital Imaging: With advanced technology, you can visualise the outcome of your child’s treatment before it even begins, allowing you to make informed decisions. Contact us for a consultation.
After orthodontic treatment, maintaining results is equally important. Vivera retainers, provided by Invisalign®, are designed to keep teeth in their new positions. These clear, comfortable retainers are custom-made for each child and are typically worn at night.
Children’s orthodontics pave the way for not only straighter teeth but also improved oral health and increased self-confidence. From traditional braces to innovative clear aligners, the options are diverse, and each has its unique advantages.
By diligently caring for teeth during treatment and following through with proper post-treatment maintenance, parents can ensure that their children’s smiles remain bright and beautiful for years to come.