We all know the importance of taking care of our teeth. If they are well looked after, with a good routine and regular check-ups so that any problems can be nipped in the bud, it’s possible to hang on to your own teeth for your whole life. One way to give your children an even better chance of having teeth for life is to use orthodontics in Weybridge.
When the teeth are well aligned, fitting neatly together and straight, it is much easier to keep them clean. But when they are crowded, gappy, overlapping, twisted, protruding, or leaning inwards, it becomes more difficult to brush away plaque, the bacterial film that gives off acids that lead to decay and gum disease. Also, when you eat with misaligned teeth, the pressure of chewing, which is immense, is not evenly distributed and this can lead to problems in the head, neck and shoulders, and the teeth that bear the brunt of chewing may well crumble away in later life.
What we can do for your child’s teeth
At Weybridge Orthodontics, we’ve developed a way to help your child develop straight, healthy teeth on well aligned jaws. With our orthodontics in Weybridge, you bring your child in when they are about seven years old so that we can assess them. We can then spot what is going to happen before it does.
Traditional orthodontics in Weybridge starts treating children between the ages of 9–14, when they have lost most of their baby teeth. By intercepting problems, such as thumb sucking and tongue pushing, at an earlier age, we can treat them more easily. At an earlier age, the jaw is more malleable too, so if there are going to be any issues with it not being wide enough to accommodate all your child’s emerging teeth, this is a great time to deal with them.
Interceptive orthodontics in Weybridge may use appliances that can be removed. When your child reaches the traditional age for orthodontics, the treatment continues, moving their adult teeth into their final positions. Because we will have already done a lot of the groundwork, the treatment can be much shorter in duration.