We help young patients using children’s braces and early interceptive treatment
For children’s braces, including braces for teens, we have the technology and experience to help kids and teens through a range of treatment options.
Most parents aren’t aware that children’s braces are just one treatment pathway for teeth straightening. In fact, early interceptive treatment – also known as Phase I treatment – may be what’s required for your child. Interceptive orthodontics is the guidance of teeth eruption and correction of malocclusion (abnormal bite) by early intervention in order to improve future outcomes. This is usually achieved by simple fixed or removable appliances.
The best way to know if your child requires early interceptive orthodontic treatment is to book an appointment for a growth and development check. This will allow us to understand whether your child is experiencing:
- Jaw misalignment
- Difficulty with chewing or speech
- A persistent behavioural habit, such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, which is affecting the growth and development of their teeth
- Early loss of baby teeth because of decay or trauma
- Mouth breathing or snoring
- A family history of impacted or missing teeth.
Children’s braces: what are the options?
Actually, your child may not need braces initially. In phase I treatment, a patient may undergo treatment involving expansion, an active retainer, or partial braces. The objective of phase I treatment is to make use of natural growth to develop the jaw to create space for future permanent teeth. We also want to improve the relationship between the upper and lower jaws.
In phase II treatment, we want to position all teeth to make the most of their position and function. This is usually achieved by full braces for anywhere between 12 and 24 months. Depending on your child’s specific condition, the duration of treatment may be shorter or longer.
What are the benefits of children’s braces
As part of an overall approach to orthodontic treatment, children’s braces have many benefits.
Among the many benefits, when used in conjunction with other elements of treatment, children’s braces can:
- Have a positive effect on jaw growth
- Improved airway
Prevent the need for tooth extraction
- Decrease the likelihood of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Help build confidence and self-esteem
Want to know more about how Lillybrook Dental can help with your children’s braces?