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Why Should Your Child Have an Orthodontic Assessment?

Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi

As a Mum of three, I’m especially passionate about protecting children’s teeth, spurred on in the knowledge that tackling any issues early on – with the right treatment option at precisely the right time – can be a gamechanger, not just for their smile now but for the long-term health and strength of their teeth throughout their adult lives.

Making sure your children have healthy and strong teeth is a vital part of their development. Orthodontics is about more than just cosmetic – it’s about functionality too and could be giving your child the best opportunity for lifelong healthy teeth. Orthodontics focuses on improving the harmony of the mouth and jaws. It can help correct misaligned bites/overbite, making eating and caring for teeth and gums easier, and can correct harmful habits such as thumb sucking. Braces can also close gaps in teeth and straighten out over-crowded teeth giving a more aesthetically pleasing smile and reducing the risk of plaque and food getting trapped which can lead to gum disease and guide permanent teeth into a more favourable position.

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Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Kyi at West London Orthodontics

Why Choose Dr Kyi to Straighten Your Child’s Teeth?

Finding the right person to take you and your child through the journey of having braces is the first and most important step. Look for someone who specialises in orthodontics and who has experience working with the specific needs of children. Dr Kyi has been treating children for over a decade having treated over a thousand patients. Orthodontic treatment can be started on certain types of tooth problems even before all baby teeth have fallen out. In fact Dr Kyi recommends bringing your child for orthodontic assessment from age eight to check all the teeth are coming through correctly. Dr Kyi’s forward-thinking approach for early corrective treatment can prevent the need for more complex treatment later in their teens, giving your child the best opportunity for lifelong healthy teeth.

Orthodontic treatment can take from 6 months to around 24 months to complete. If your child is ready to consider treatment, we can arrange assessment and treatment without any delay or lengthy waiting lists. Some children who come to see us have been on lengthy waiting lists, and we have completed treatment even before they would have reached the top of their waiting list. We offer after-school appointments so there is no need to miss any lessons at their schools. Our Hammersmith office is very close walking distance to Latymer Upper School, Godolphin & Latymer School, St.Paul's Girls and St.Paul's Boys Schools, which a number of our patients attend and they can even just pop in during their lunch break.

Benefits of Straightening Your Child’s Teeth

Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
Correct harmful oral habits e.g. thumb sucking
Reduce the risk of plaque and food trap due to crowded teeth
Guide jaw growth e.g. to correct overbites
Correct cross-bites that can lead to facial asymmetric growth
Guide permanent teeth into a more favourable position
Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
Possibly reduce the need for further treatment when patients are older

Before and After

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Full Orthodontic Consultations With Dr Kyi

Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Kyi of Harley Street, will personally plan your treatment in meticulous detail to ensure your final result gives you long-term stability and a balanced, harmonious facial profile.

Your Full Orthodontic Consultation with Dr Kyi will include:

Comprehensive
Orthodontic Assessment:
To evaluate your teeth alignment, your bite (how your upper and lower teeth meet) and the overall health of your teeth and gums.
Full Smile
Evaluation:
To assess your facial profile, including the position of your lips and chin in relation to your teeth.
5D iTero
Scan:
To assess the health of your enamel, using the very latest technology and near-infrared imaging of your teeth.
Smile Simulation
Technology:
To visualise possible treatment outcomes – at no obligation – before treatment even starts.

Listening to You! Dr Kyi will be delighted to answer any and every question you may have to truly understand your goals before determining which treatment, or combination of treatments, would be right for you and then creating a customised plan for your specific case and goals.

FAQ

How long does it take to correct teeth with braces?

Treatment usually takes 12-18 months and a variety of brace appliances may be used to correct specific problems. This may involve removable braces, fixed metal or clear braces, Damon braces, Invisalign Teen or lingual Incognito brace treatment. Often fixed brace treatment is started when all the permanent teeth have erupted, but there are certain early treatments which may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, Dr Kyi will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing using dentofacial orthopaedic treatment.

Why do I need to see an orthodontist for my children’s teeth?

Making sure your children have healthy and strong teeth is a vital part of their development. Their teeth are for life and you must ensure that they’re looked after and treated in safe hands. Coming to see our highly-trained, award-winning specialist Dr Chaw Su Kyi, your children’s teeth are in safe hands with her vast experience of successfully treating over a thousand children.

When can orthodontic treatment with braces start?

We recommend orthodontic assessment from age 8yrs to check all the teeth are coming through correctly. Orthodontic treatment can be started on certain types of tooth problems even before all baby teeth have fallen out. Through an orthodontic evaluation assessment, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for lifelong healthy teeth. Dr Kyi has successfully treated over a thousand children and the words of parents describe their experience of braces treatment.

What happens after braces treatment in West London?

After any type of orthodontic treatment, all our patients will be fitted with retainers to ensure the teeth do not move back or relapse after treatment.

What are the benefits of children's braces?

Orthodontic treatment can be started on certain types of tooth problems even before all permanent teeth have erupted. Through an orthodontic evaluation assessment, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for lifelong healthy teeth.

What are the downsides of children's braces?

Initially, there may be some mild discomfort in the first few days with some possible temporary speech changes. This all settles down within a day or two.

How much do children's braces cost in West London cost?

Following your consultation, we can confirm the complexity of the case and the type of braces which would be suitable, the costs can range from £3000- £4500.

How do I arrange a consultation?

Please call us 020 8222 8760 to arrange a consultation at your preferred location of either Central London at our Harley Street office or in West London at Hammersmith office.

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