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Advantages of orthodontics for your children

Does your child need a brace but you aren’t sure if it's worth it?

Our team can help! We know all there is to know about orthodontics Marylebone and can assist you and your child in choosing the right brace or aligner to help them get the smile that they want and deserve.

Here, our team discusses the 5 advantages of orthodontics Marylebone.

Better dental hygiene

A feature of wearing fitted orthodontics Marylebone is that it may require your child to see a hygienist more often.

So it can come as a bit of a shock to many parents to learn that a key advantage of wearing a brace is better dental hygiene. Straighter teeth are easier to clean, and so, there is a reduced chance of plaque accumulation occurring in the mouth. In turn, this leads to a lower chance of cavities, tooth decay and gum disease forming.

Therefore, by having your child's teeth straightened with a brace, you are helping them to avoid some rather nasty dental complications further down the line.

Better overall health

Following on from the point above, if your child has misaligned teeth, it is more than likely that they will have areas of hidden plaque around their mouths.

And that doesn’t just spell trouble for their teeth!

In many cases of plaque accumulation, there are secondary complications that occur throughout the body. These can range from cardiovascular problems to cancer, to strokes and even an increased risk of having a heart attack.

By having a brace fitted, you can help improve your child's long term health and help them to avoid serious secondary complications.

Clearer speech

It is astonishing how much our teeth play a role in the way we speak, especially if those teeth are at the front of the mouth.

And if your child has misaligned teeth, crowded teeth or spaced teeth, then it is highly likely that they will have some issues with pronunciation and speech.

It may seem counterintuitive to assume that fitting a metal appliance to their teeth will help with this, but long term it is likely to alleviate speech issues that are linked to misaligned teeth.

Fewer tummy upsets

Yes, you read that right!

One of the main advantages of having braces as a child is that there is a lowered chance of stomach upsets throughout life.

If you have an upper and lower jaw that are not well aligned, then there is likely to be an issue with chewing food correctly. And while this may not seem like such a bad thing overall, it can lead to gastrointestinal issues such as acid reflux, heartburn and of course, indigestion. This is due to the food being partially chewed and larger than it should be when it hits the stomach.

Braces can align the teeth correctly, thus avoiding some of these distressing issues.

Improved confidence

And finally, while it may not seem like it right now, if your child wears braces or an aligner, it will have an enormous impact on their confidence as they get older.

Not only will they have a straighter, whiter smile, but they will also be able to maintain their teeth to a much higher standard. So, either way, they will be flashing their pearly whites throughout their adult life, feeling great about how they look.

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