Orthodontics for Children
Teen Braces And Clear Aligners
Orthodontics for Children and Teenagers in Sutton, Surrey
Children and teenagers may need braces or dental aligners for any number of reasons, including crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth or a ‘bad bite.’
A ‘bad bite’ (or Malocclusion) is a discrepancy in the sizes of the top and bottom jaws. When the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw, it’s called an overbite. When the lower jaw is bigger, it’s an underbite.
Sometimes tooth and jaw problems can be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. But often they’re inherited, so if you or someone in your family needed braces, it’s likely that your kids will too.
Often, your dentist will be the first to notice problems during a regular visit and will recommend that you see an orthodontist (a dentist who specialises in correcting jaw and teeth alignment problems). At Keppel Advanced Dentistry our specialist orthodontist will discuss and determine the best orthodontic option for your child or teenager.
In recent years, clear removable braces that move teeth with plastic trays called aligners (rather than wires and rubber bands) have become available, but these are usually only for people without bite problems.
Some children may need other devices too, such as headgear, which is usually worn only at night. Headgear uses a horseshoe-shaped wire that attaches to the back teeth, pushing them back and allowing more room for teeth in the front of the mouth. Our orthodontist at Keppel Dentistry might also recommend that your child have one or more teeth removed to create more space in his or her mouth.
Starting the process early doesn’t mean a child will get braces right away. It just means the orthodontist will be able to determine which problems exist and assess the best time to start treatment.
Braces correct alignment problems by putting steady pressure on the teeth, which eventually moves them into a straighter position.
Orthodontics at an Early Age
Space Maintainers: When a baby tooth is lost early due to decay, trauma or other reasons, a device called ‘space maintainer’ is needed to keep the space until the adult tooth erupts.
Myofunctional Appliances and Treatment: When the upper and lower jaws are not positioned correctly, functional appliances are used to guide the jaw growth.
Expansion Appliances: If jaws are narrower than normal, expansion appliances need to be used to expand the jaws and position teeth correctly.
Habit Breakers: Habits like finger or thumb sucking can cause orthodontic issues for children. Habit breakers are crucial to prevent future orthodontic problems and reduce the need for orthodontic treatments.
Children’s Fixed Braces
Fixed braces are the most common and the most effective way of straightening teeth. The results are more predictable as they are non-removable. To make it more attractive for children and teenagers, we have a wide choice of coloured elastic bands.
For teenagers who require teeth straightening and who may be more self-conscious, we can also offer Invisalign Clear aligners and ceramic cosmetic braces that are less noticeable compared to metal braces.
Invisalign for Teenagers
If your child or teenager is looking for a discreet option to straighten their teeth, then Invisalign clear aligners can be a very good choice. Invisalign for teens is a very popular orthodontic option as they consist of clear aligners which can be removed as and when required.
A wide range of orthodontic issues can be treated with the Invisalign system and the treatment duration can be as little as three months.
Would you like to know what we can do to straighten your child’s teeth?
Mon – Wed: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Thur: 8.30am – 8.30pm
Fri: 8.30am – 5.30pm
1 Cedar Road, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5DA
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Monitor your child’s treatment progress at home
The cutting-edge orthodontic experience
- We will provide your child with a ScanBox which will help you take regular images of their teeth.
- Using a cutting-edge dental monitoring app, our dentist will be able to remotely monitor your child’s treatment progress.
- There will be fewer, but more enhanced, dental monitoring.
- Our dentist will review your child’s dental pictures and provide guidance, information and progress of treatment.
- You will be able to monitor the progress of your child using the photo lapse technology.
Children and Teenager Orthodontics Treatment Process
- Our orthodontist will examine your child’s teeth, mouth, and jaw.
- We will discuss your child’s orthodontic options and suggest the best treatment options.
- Once the orthodontic braces or aligners are in place, we will provide a ScanBox monitoring system for digital monitoring.
- We will also arrange clinic visits to make the appropriate orthodontic adjustments and further monitor progress.