Children’s teeth shift a lot during their growing phase, especially when milk teeth are being replaced by permanent adult ones. Sometimes, habits from early childhood, such as sucking thumbs or fingers, can also affect the way that adult teeth come in. A beautiful smile and mouth full of straight, white teeth can really boost a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Happily, realignment treatment through the use of children’s braces can be particularly effective when started at a young age.
A great option for younger patients is fixed metal or ceramic braces as these can be fine-tuned to make tiny adjustments to guide the teeth into position. Modern materials and sophisticated designs mean that treatment is relative fast-acting and comfortable. Other options include custom-made removable braces, such as Invisalign Teen. We strongly recommend that children and young people wear mouth guards during treatment whenever they are playing contact sports or participating in activities such as cycling, trampolining and gymnastics.