Crooked teeth always take away the joy of a spontaneous smile. We can’t even mention the low self-esteem associated with people with misaligned teeth. Most parents understand this and prepare early enough for their children to visit a dental clinic for their first check-up.
However, we have come to observe that parents ill-time the best age to bring in their children for check-ups. Most of them wait until all the permanent teeth have replaced the baby teeth. Does it really matter? And if so, what is the right age? Could I be too late for orthodontic treatment? Please read through this article fully to get the right answers to these questions.
When is the right time for orthodontics?
There is no easy answer to this question. This is due to the fact that orthodontic treatments can be offered at any age, even in adults. Data from the National Health Service shows that most first orthodontic treatments are provided between the ages of 10-14 years. For girls, the average is at 10-12 years with boys averaging at 12-14 years.
However, most professional orthodontists prefer early treatments. The standard age accepted world-wide is seven. At this age, the child has a mixture of both adult and baby teeth. The dentist is able to carry out an early orthodontic inspection to determine if there may be problems present. This allows you to practise a preventive orthodontic treatment approach.
Starting early can prevent future orthodontic problems
It is also at this age that the molars kick in and they may be observed for any malocclusions. The incisors are also out and any overcrowding, overbite and underbite can be identified early enough. Early identification of these problems allows us to correct them before they cause further damage as your child becomes older. Early orthodontic treatment can turn out cheaper and less problematic, preventing persisting dental issues from causing even more dental health problems.
Now that we have identified the best age for the first orthodontic check-up, let us look into the treatments during various stages in life.
Orthodontic treatment in Children
It goes without saying that early treatment is vital for your child. The improved oral health and confidence boost is worth to invest in. Diagnosis of teeth defects in children allows for measures to be put in place during the early stages so that the issue can’t manifest itself. This prevents other more dangerous defects such as enamel erosion and dental caries in future.
Here are some signs that you should look out for that may indicate early defects:
- Difficulty in chewing
- Mouth breathing
- Sucking on fingers
- Overly spaced teeth
- Sunken or protruding jaw
- Crowded teeth
- Misaligned teeth
If you detect one or more of these signs in your child’s teeth, please contact us for an early assessment and treatment.
Orthodontic treatment in Teenagers
Most treatments occur during this period. A beautiful smile is a vital ingredient for self-confidence among teenagers. With the stress from their body changes, the last thing you would wish them to worry about is their teeth. However, most teenagers are naturally self-conscious and find braces and other orthodontic treatments intrusive.
It’s uncomfortable for them if friends and even random strangers notice their shiny metal braces every time they smile. And what about the rigorous oral hygiene regime that they have to adapt to keep the braces clean?
However, there is a silver lining. The dentistry industry has undergone a rapid transformation from traditional metal braces to less visible options. Invisalign braces are not easily identifiable by the common eye. If you have a teenage daughter or son with an overbite, underbite or a dysfunctional smile, bring them to our London clinic in Islington for a free consultation.
Orthodontic treatments in Adults
Over the years, there has been an increasing trend of mature people seeking orthodontic services to realign their crooked teeth. There are more and more people seeking out braces in cosmetic dentistry just to look presentable and have a wonderful smile.
The modern options of orthodontic treatment allow for a rather non-conspicuous but effective method to be used to straighten misaligned teeth. It’s now possible to achieve precise straightening results no matter the age. Even better, there are options for affordable orthodontics treatment at our N1 clinic that will have your teeth straightened in less than 6 months.