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Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi on September 27, 2019
Many parents wonder when is the best time to start orthodontic treatment for their children. Parents may notice some alarming signs like an overbite, underbite, difficulty chewing or enunciating correctly. However, when is the best time to visit an orthodontist?
Dr Chaw Su Kyi is an award-winning London orthodontist who specialises in orthodontic brace treatments and is an expert at early orthodontic treatments in London. Her advice is to come by as soon as you have doubts. Our goal is not to let any child miss the ideal moment to start orthodontic treatment.
Since children’s jaws are in a period of development, orthodontic treatment for kids differs from orthodontic treatment for adults in many ways. The ideal moment of starting orthodontic treatment will differ per child. Sometimes it is important to visit an orthodontist as early as 7 years old. Many people think that you have to wait for braces until a child has lost all their baby teeth and molars, but that is not entirely true. The starting point is very personal and sometimes it is necessary to intervene during this development period. Dr Kyi usually starts with orthodontic treatments for children between the ages of 10 and 12, though sometimes even sooner. At the first orthodontic evaluation assessment, Dr Kyi carefully looks at the teeth, the jaw and face to decide on a treatment plan and starting date.
The main benefits of early orthodontic treatments are related to the fact that the work is done at the right age. Early treatment ensures good oral health and proper alignment of permanent teeth. It is never too early to have a look, but it can be too late. For example, looking at issues of crowded teeth during early treatment might reveal that it is necessary to create space for permanent teeth. Early orthodontic treatments make it easier to achieve straighter, healthier teeth.
There are many braces available for early orthodontic treatments in London. Depending on the dental situation of your child, specific braces will be chosen. Dr Kyi is one of London’s most prominent orthodontic experts and she has experience with all types of dental issues, including complex cases. Orthodontic treatments for children vary from fixed metal, removable braces, or clear braces, Damon braces, Invisalign and lingual Incognito braces. With certain early orthodontic treatments London orthodontist Dr Kyi may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and it can shorten the treatment at a later age. While the face and jaw are still in the growing phase, dentofacial orthopaedic treatment can achieve excellent results. Click here to read more about children’s braces in West London.
Teens are usually not very enthusiastic about getting braces. In general, metal or fixed braces are thought to be uncomfortable. Today, there are different solutions available that give excellent results while having a minimal impact on the daily life of a teen. Dr Kyi recommends Invisalign London for teens as these clear, plastic braces are virtually invisible and extremely comfortable. A big plus is that they can be taken out for eating or cleaning. Your teen can comfortably eat without their dental hygiene suffering. The benefits of early orthodontic treatments are many and with Invisalign London, your teen can keep smiling brightly during the treatment period without feeling embarrassed.
Are you wondering if it is time for your child to visit an orthodontist? Call Us on 020 8222 8760 or book your appointment online. Your children’s teeth are in safe hands with our highly-trained, award-winning specialist Dr Chaw Su Kyi. She has successfully treated over a thousand children.