How Can I Tell If My Child Needs Braces?

Parents often wonder if their child will need to have braces fitted. Unless it is very obvious that your child has crowded or misaligned teeth, or spacing the best action is to attend regular dental checkups. If your child needs an evaluation for braces, your dentist will be able to refer your child to an orthodontist for a consultation.

Children can have braces fitted from the age of 7, so attending regular check ups, most likely 6 monthly checkups will ensure a timely referral if an assessment is needed.

There are many options for braces and orthodontics now, including invisible orthodontics and clear aligners, although these are private dentistry treatments. Traditional metal braces are available free of charge on the NHS or National Health Service in the UK.

Depending on the areas of orthodontic concern, braces may be needed on top and bottom teeth combined, or top or bottom teeth only. Your orthodontist will be able to advise, and show models and images of what braces will look like when fitted.

Braces can also fix bite problems, which if left unchecked would cause wear and damage to teeth, pain and joint problems and possibly speech problems.

Having braces is very common for children and teenagers, so there is no need for anyone to feel self conscious about having braces as some friends are likely to be in the same position. Obviously having orthodontic treatment, as with any medical treatment is optional, children and teenagers stand to benefit from treatment.

Many adults, if they choose not to have braces as a child or teenager, will later regret the decision. Simply due to the fact that having braces when you are younger is very common, where as having orthodontic – in particular fixed metal braces as an adult is much less common.

The situation has changed, since Align Tech launched in 1997, with the technology of clear braces which are removable clear aligners. These are virtually invisible and have allowed adults to have a new choice in invisible orthodontics, instead of having to put up with a smile they are unhappy with. If this sounds like you, book a smile assessment with a local practice like SAKS Manchester so you can actually see what your child’s new smile will look like, or your smile as they treat patients of all ages.

Invisalign clear braces are also available for teenagers, so there is now a new level of choice. Although they are removable, they must be worn for 22 hours plus each day as per the treatment plan and to ensure the best results are achieved.

With this goal in mind, Align Tech have added wear indicators on teen clear braces, to encourage and ensure adequate wear time on a daily basis. There is also an app which allows patients to track their progress, see the development of their new smile on a week by week basis and upload photos.

The average length of treatment is 1 – 2 years after which time a retainer will need to be worn for a short or long term period as advised. This can be all the time or at night depending on individual patient needs. Thanks to technology and developments, children and teenagers now have more choices to achieve a great smile.

Is All-on-4 The Dental Solution For Older Family Members?

All-on-4 and All-on-6 are dental implant systems designed to place a full set of dental implants in a single day, using just 4 or 6 dental implants. The treatment is designed by Nobel Biocare and has revolutionised implant surgery for older patients and provides a welcome alternative to dentures and bridges.

Many patients feel self conscious about wearing dentures or bridges, socially in terms of speech, smiling, eating out and general confidence. Dentures can also wobble and be unstable when eating, a sure way to make patients anxious socially. Bridges are not a high performing alternative either, as adjacent teeth need to be altered in order to accommodate the bridge, and the device also needs to be removed at night which is not ideal for everyone.

All on 4 is also referred to as same day teeth, or teeth in a day, and through 4 or 6 precisely placed implants on each arch, a full set of implants can be fitted in a single day. The angles and precision provide strength and stability which is unrivalled. This results in a natural looking smile and full functionally, including increased bite strength and stability. Achieving a stunning and fully functional smile in a single day is a game changer for patients. Adams Family Dental recommends SC for expert treatment in London. The practice treats UK and international patients.

The actual teeth are made of acrylic and will be made by an expert dental lab, this can be a commercial lab contracted to a dental practice, or to a laboratory owned by an implant practice. The false teeth will be made according to precise size, shape and shade requirements.

As the system is a same day restoration, no waiting or temporary teeth or implants are required, which means less hassle and inconvenience, and a less invasive treatment. In terms of healing time, there is no downtime and healing time is extremely fast. In fact patients are able to enjoy the benefits of their new smile on the very same day.

This includes eating all of their favourite foods and more, all on day one. For many patients the ability to smile with complete confidence is amazing. For others the freedom to enjoy their favourite foods is the objective, as is the ability to talk normally and confidently. For patients with missing or damaged teeth this system is revolutionary. Or if a patient is fed up of dentures or bridges, All on 4 could provide the answer they have been looking for.

The first step is to find a practice with an excellent reputation, as treatment needs to be carried out by an expert with a proven track record. You can ask for recommendations, look at patient reviews and before and after images. Then you should contact a practice or a few practices and ask to book a consultation.

Some patients choose to travel abroad for treatment, countries like Hungary and Spain are popular for dental implant treatment to benefit from cost savings, however there will also be additional costs to cover travel and accommodation. If you live near a large city or can travel to a capital city you will be able to access expert care without travelling abroad.