Braces For Children & Teen's
Orthodontic Treatment for Kids & Teen's
If you have recognised some health concerns with your child’s teeth, breathing, facial growth or your dentist has recommended that you take them to see an orthodontist, it’s in the best interests of your child’s future smile and overall health to take advantage of our FREE Consultation.
Early orthodontic intervention has the potential to reduce the amount of time that children will need to spend in orthodontic treatment later on in life. There are a number of concerns that can be corrected much faster through early childhood orthodontic treatment.
Dublin Orthodontist offer a wide range of treatment options for your child or teenager, from traditional metal braces, retainers, through clear or see-through braces, aligners, and Invisalign. We believe everyone deserves to have a perfect smile, and offer affordable treatment plans that will help set your child up for the future with good oral health, and a happier, healthier smile.
Orthodontic treatment has the best results on young mouths. During the adolescent growth phase; typically from 10-13 years for girls and 11-15 years for boys, your child will normally have already developed all their adult teeth, but will still be rapidly growing. At this time we can begin to detect possible issues such as crooked teeth, overbites, or gaps, and take advantage of their growth to quickly correct these problems. Retainers and braces for kids help to reshape the appearance and function of their teeth, gently and gradually guiding them into proper alignment.
Early Orthodontic Intervention
Children may need braces for any number of reasons. Orthodontic problems are often identified during routine dental checkups, where dentists may recommend orthodontic treatment.
The type of orthodontic treatment needed will depend largely upon the concerns identified during the consultation and screening. It’s recommended that children have their first orthodontic screening when they are 7 years old. While treatment may not be recommended at this early age, the screening will help to determine the severity of a child’s orthodontic concerns and will allow for the assessment of the timeline that is needed to solve these concerns.
During the initial consultation, the orthodontist will order X-rays and perform a thorough oral examination. Any hidden concerns within the jaw or in the developing adult teeth can be identified. The treatment plan can be then formulated.
There are several orthodontic concerns that can be treated with braces. The type of treatment offered will be based upon the desired results.
Orthodontic concerns that children’s braces can address include the following.
- Overbite, underbite and crossbite
- Gaps between teeth
- Overcrowding of teeth
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Teeth that don’t meet or meet abnormally
Working in conjunction with parents, orthodontics can develop the right treatment plan to help meet their child’s orthodontic treatment needs. As some children may find that wearing braces to be cumbersome, it’ll fall to the parent to help get them through the adjustment period.
While treatment plans will be customised to meet the needs of the patient, most will be in orthodontic treatment for between 1 and 3 years. It will of course largely depend on the orthodontic issues that need to be corrected.
- The first step in the treatment procedure is the orthodontic consultation.
- The orthodontic screening will identify any concerns that may need to be addressed.
- The type of orthodontic treatment that will best benefit the young patient will be identified.
- A precise treatment plan will be mapped out, and parent approval will be needed prior to proceeding.
- Orthodontic appliances that need to be made offsite will be created in the laboratory.
- Patients will return to the clinic to be fitted with their braces.
- Clinic visits will be scheduled every 4 to 8 weeks so that progress can be evaluated and adjustments can be made to the braces.
The best way to determine the treatment procedure that will meet the needs of the child is to schedule a consultation with the orthodontist. Some patients can benefit from a multi-pronged approach, with several steps and several types of orthodontic treatments being offered to address each of the concerns.
All braces work in a very similar manner, regardless of the type of orthodontic conditions that are being treated. Braces work by applying a steady and gentle pressure to the teeth that need to be corrected. This constant low-impact pressure will gradually encourage teeth to move into their new position.
Parents and children alike will enjoy knowing that there is generally no pain felt during any of the treatments. Some patients may feel a little bit of tenderness and discomfort when the braces are first fitted and when adjustments are needed.
The total treatment time for children’s braces will be varied and based upon the severity of the orthodontic issues that require correcting. The average treatment length will last a full year, with some patients needing treatment for up to 3 years.
Children will still often need to wear a retainer for many years, once the main orthodontic adjustments and treatments have been completed.
Benefits of Children’s Braces
There are a number of benefits to early childhood orthodontic intervention.
- Improved oral hygiene, to help prevent the development of cavities and the onset of gum disease.
- Better jaw growth.
- Better spacing for erupting adult teeth.
- Reduction of wear on teeth.
- Reduction in the potential for jaw joint damage.
- Reduction in the potential for tooth extraction.
- Reduced risk of injury to protruding front teeth.
- Improvement in dental arch width.
- Reduction in the potential for impacted adult teeth.
- Improved self-image and also self-confidence.
Early dental and orthodontic intervention can help to ensure that children have the winning straight smiles that will help them with the self-confidence needed to achieve each of their goals. The gift of a beautiful smile is truly priceless.
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Why Choose us to treat your Child?
Our aim at Dublin Orthodontists is to provide expert dental treatments in a friendly, caring environment. We know that a lot of children, and even adults, dread visiting the dentist, so we do everything we can to make the process as smooth and easy as possible. Our orthodontists will talk you and your child through the process and make sure everyone is comfortable at every stage. We will also coach children on the proper techniques for brush and flossing while wearing braces, and how to properly care for their teeth after so that they are set up for a good oral health future.
What is the cost for Kids Braces
|Children (under 18)||From|
|Phase I (early) treatment||€700 – €1000|
|Phase II treatment – full fixed braces||€2,800|
|Fixed Braces – one arch||€2,500|
|Fixed Braces – both arches||€3,100|
At Dublin Orthodontists, we believe everyone deserves to have their best smile, and so offer affordable treatment plans to suit your particular needs.