February 5th, 2013
There are many who have used braces to correct the structure of their teeth at some point in their life. But did you know that a lot of those problems could have been fixed more easily by wearing braces at an early age?
What are interceptive braces?
Interceptive braces are braces for children that haven’t yet developed their permanent teeth. The ideal age of starting a treatment with interceptive braces is around seven, before all the permanent teeth have had a chance to appear.
However, even if the dentist detects a problem, he may not take immediate measures to correct it. Depending on the rate the new teeth are developing, some of the problems may correct themselves in time.
Among the signs that your child may display which would indicate the need of an examination are:
- Teeth crowding
- Large gaps in the teeth
- Difficulty in biting or chewing
- Abnormal swallowing
- Mouth breathing
- Late or early loss of baby teeth
The benefits of early treatment
Here is a small list of benefits for children who undergo interceptive orthodontic treatment:
- Guidance for jaw growth
- Good oral hygiene and habits
- Improved appearance for your child
- Guidance to the permanent teeth into a more favourable position
The price for interceptive braces depends on the materials required for the treatment and their quality.
Interceptive orthodontics is more of a preventive treatment than the regular orthodontics. So if you have a child that is around the age of seven, make an appointment with the team at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Hanwell ,so that you can avoid problems later on. Do that even if you think that your children’s teeth are perfectly straight. There are problems that only specialists are able to identify. And remember the old saying: “It is better to prevent than to cure”.
July 10th, 2012
Most dental practices are not in the habit of checking a child’s teeth from an early age to spot the signs of misalignment. This means orthodontic problems that could be corrected easily are left to develop, after which they will require more extensive treatment.
At Sparkle Dental Boutique near Brentford however, we carry out orthodontic assessment on children from the age of 7 and use interceptive braces on those who may develop tooth misalignment in the future.
What are the causes of tooth misalignment?
There are a number of reasons for why adult teeth come through crooked, which may include whether the child had a dummy for a prolonged period of time, whether they suffered premature tooth loss or were prone to mouth breathing from a young age. Dental disease can also play their role in the development of the adult teeth and any oral health diseases will needed to be treated first before interceptive braces can be fitted.
At Sparkle Dental Boutique our Specialist Orthodontist has the qualifications and skill to correct children’s tooth misalignment and create straighter smiles, which will improve your child’s oral health and general self-esteem.
What problems can interceptive braces treat?
Interceptive braces can be used to treat a whole range of orthodontic problems, including gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, crowded teeth and general misalignment.
Straightening your child’s teeth now will mean they do not have to undergo orthodontic treatment later on in their adolescent or adults years, which can save them feelings of awkwardness and embarrassment.
If you are interested in interceptive braces for your own child please call the practice today. We are based near Brentford, but also provide treatment for patients throughout London and the UK.
June 7th, 2012
The teenage years can be hard enough but add braces into the mix and it can be a recipe for disaster. Like many other dental issues the need for braces can be avoided, or at least minimised. By looking for the tell-tale signs of tooth misalignment our trained orthodontists can pick up on potential issues and work towards correcting them before they become a problem.
When can you first spot orthodontic problems?
The best time to start looking for possible crookedness is around the age of 7, which is when most children will have a mixture of both milk and adult teeth. It is also the time when complications that could result in braces will arise. Issues such as crowding, extra or missing teeth and excess space between teeth can all result in misaligned adult teeth if not tackled soon enough. Jaw growth problems can also be responsible for a number of dental issues in young adults.
There are some factors that can cause issues with adult teeth such as thumb sucking. Dental disease, poor dental hygiene, accidents and the premature or late loss of milk teeth can have an influence on the alignment of the teeth. Our specialist orthodontists will be able to care for your child’s oral wellbeing and provide the necessary treatment to avoid braces ever being needed.
Oral hygiene and crooked teeth
Not only does tooth misalignment cause embarrassment it can also lead to a number of oral health related problems, which arise due to difficult to clean crooked areas. Food debris and plaque are able to accumulate in these spots, which may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
The simple rule of prevention is better than cure stands true here. The sooner an issue is spotted the sooner it can be countered and the less likely it will be that braces will be needed later in life.
March 7th, 2011
Often dentists can see that a small child is likely to have problems with their teeth in later life, unless some action is taken. This is where interceptive braces come in.
Having complicated orthodontic treatment carried out can be expensive and uncomfortable. Even with the best new types of braces available a teenager will have to attend regular appointments, follow the instructions from the orthodontist closely and put up with aligners and retainers for anything up to two years. Interceptive orthodontics aims to stop this treatment from ever becoming necessary by tackling the problems before they develop.
Young children attend regular dental check-ups every few months, to make sure their teeth are healthy and free from decay, but in some cases dentists may be able to see that the child is likely to develop problems with their teeth in the future; conditions such as overcrowding are obvious just from the size of the jaw and the layout of the baby teeth. If the dentist is able to take preventative measures, then the serious problem may never even develop; or at the very least is won’t be as serious and can be treated without resorting to long-term orthodontics.
Children between the ages of 5 and 10 are the ideal candidates for interceptive braces – when the adult teeth are starting to develop and the shape of their face is starting to settle. Unfortunately, a lot of children are never referred to orthodontists for this kind of treatment as their family dentist may not realise treatment is possible or fails to recognise cases in which it could be used. If you are concerned about the way your child’s teeth are developing, you could always ask for a referral to an orthodontist yourself or make an appointment at a local clinic. If you leave it up to the family dentist to notice a problem, it may then be too late to take preventative measures, leaving braces as the only option!
There are a number of items that can be used in preventative or interceptive orthodontics, but one of the most common is a device that is worn at night to help guide the emerging adult teeth into the correct places, keeping them straight and evenly-spaced. It can even create more space along the jaw, reducing overcrowding and correcting over and under bites before they even develop. OK, it’s not pleasant to have to give a small child a dental device to wear at night, but it’s perfectly safe and if it saves them (and you) from having to go through the stress and expense of braces later in life, then it is an option that is definitely worth exploring.
Sparkle Dental are here to add a little ‘sparkle’ to your smile
Speak to a dentist in the Brentford area to see if your child would benefit from interceptive orthodontic system and to arrange the correct treatment for them.