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Orthodontics; questions about braces for children answered

When it comes to your children, you want to do what is best for them.

And as such, you want to ensure that they have the healthiest smile possible as early as possible. But what if that means they will need to have a brace fitted?

At Boston Orthodontics Marylebone, our team has fitted thousands of children with braces and aligners and knows all there is to know about this treatment for younger patients. Perfect!

In this brief FAQ, our team answers some of the questions that we are asked by parents about their children wearing braces.

Why would my child need braces?

When your child has had some of their permanent adult teeth erupt, our team will be able to detect if orthodontics Marylebone would be a good option for them.

The most common reasons for children needing to wear braces include issues such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, spacing, overcrowding and misalignment. Braces are more commonly considered if there are molars that require moving or if some teeth require rotating.

If you have concerns that your child may need braces at any stage once their adult teeth have begun erupting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

When is the best age for them to wear braces?

As orthodontics Marylebone have advanced, there is no longer a ‘best age’ to get braces fitted; you can even successfully wear braces as an adult now!

But, generally, most orthodontists will aim to fit braces between the age of 10 and 14 to minimize potential discomfort and to shorten treatment time. Immediately after the adult teeth have come through, they are more flexible and thus it will not take as much force or pressure to move them into the desired location.

Are there any alternatives?

If your child needs to have teeth rotated or molar teeth moved, it is unlikely that there will be an alternative to a standard set of braces.

But, as options expand, more children are becoming suitable for other types of orthodontics, like lingual braces or even invisible aligners like Invisalign in teenagers.

For more advice on the best option for your children, please talk to our team.

Will the braces hurt them?

Many parents worry that when their child is fitted with orthodontic braces, that they will be in constant discomfort. And as a parent, you don’t want to see your child in pain!

However, if your child wears fitted braces, it is worth accepting that once they have had the braces tightened or adjusted (usually once a month), they will be a bit sore. It may be worth discussing with our team the best option to mitigate this discomfort, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.

How long will they need to wear them?

This depends on the problem that our orthodontist is trying to correct; for more severe issues, such as complex misalignment and bite problems, your child may need to wear braces for around 2 years.

For more minor issues, it can take as little as 6 months for the teeth to be straightened, but for this (depending on your child's age), our team may recommend an aligner.

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