Traditional braces are most often associated with discomfort, restrictive eating and high maintenance brace care routines. However, braces for children can be the right solution for correcting dental issues, including malocclusion and overcrowded teeth. Once your child settles into their braces and establishes a new dental care routine, discomfort and restrictions will be nothing to worry about.
Explore the benefits of braces for children with teeth misalignment below.
Malocclusion is a misalignment of the teeth, which can also cause complications with your oral health. Misaligned teeth can make it difficult to complete vital functions, such as biting, chewing, smiling and eating and so it is important that they are treated. Open bite, overbite, underbite, crossbite and crowded teeth are all examples of malocclusion.
If your child’s teeth appear to be noticeably misaligned, book an appointment with your dentist who can refer you to an orthodontist if necessary.
If your child is struggling to eat or chew due to bad bite problems, this can add extra pressure onto their jaw muscles and bite. Improperly chewed food is also more difficult to digest, which can contribute to issues with bowel movements. Braces for children can help to correct teeth positioning to ease difficulties in eating and the issues that can be linked.
Misaligned teeth can cause people to unintentionally bite the insides of their cheek or tongue. The improper mouth shape caused can also bring discomfort. Braces for children can help to relieve this discomfort and work to create a healthier smile.
When your teeth are not properly aligned, it can be difficult to clean them. Getting in between each tooth and covering the entire surface area can be a struggle if a tooth is overlapping. With inefficient cleaning and if ignored for too long, this may lead to oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
This is why it is so important for your family to attend regular dental appointments, to monitor your oral health and check for warning signs.
All children at least one time in their life will struggle with self-esteem and sometimes it can be down to feelings about their appearance. If crooked teeth are leaving dents in your child’s confidence, ask for your dentist’s advice. If they recommend orthodontic braces for children, you may begin to see your child develop a confident smile again!
At Dulwich Orthodontics we offer a range of treatments for child orthodontics, including NHS, standard and premium services. Initial consultations with our private Treatment Coordinator are free and avaliable for children of all ages.
For more information on braces for children with teeth misalignment or to book an appointment, get in touch with our team.