About Children's Orthodontics
Why Children's Orthodontics is More Important Than Ever Before
Crooked, crowded or malpositioned teeth, jaw growth issues, and other orthodontic problems are becoming increasingly common among children. To ensure your child’s optimal health and well-being, including their oral health, it is essential for parents to recognise the importance of children’s orthodontics.
These dental problems can cause various issues, from difficulty chewing and speaking to lower self-esteem and social anxiety. If not addressed, they can also lead to more severe dental and health problems in the future. This is why children’s orthodontics is more important than ever before.
At Karrinyup Dental Centre, we understand the importance of taking care of your child’s oral health. Our children’s orthodontics services can give your child a healthy and beautiful smile. Early intervention prevents more serious dental problems in the future. The caring dentists at our clinic utilise the latest technology and techniques to offer preventative care for your child’s unique needs. We offer a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere to make dental visits enjoyable for your child.
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Why Choose Karrinyup Dental Centre?
Years of Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
Accessible and affordable dental treatments are our priority. We offer a range of payment options to suit your individual needs, including health funds and other payment schemes.
Let your children enjoy healthy teeth with children’s orthodontic services at Karrinyup Dental Centre.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Children's Orthodontics
We recommend a retainer after your child’s orthodontic care. After wearing traditional metal braces or clear aligners, your child’s bones surrounding their teeth are softer. Their teeth will start to shift. Retainers will help keep your child’s teeth in their new position until their jawbone and teeth become stable.
No, orthodontic treatment is not painful and should not cause your child discomfort. Some children may experience slight discomfort initially as they adjust to their braces or aligners, but this usually passes quickly and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief medication.
Orthodontic treatment times for children can vary depending on the specific dental issues they have and the age at which they start treatment. Children who receive orthodontic treatment can expect to wear braces or other appliances for a period of 1-2 years.
However, this time frame can vary depending on the severity of the dental issues being addressed, the type of orthodontic appliances being used, and how well the child follows their orthodontic treatment plan. Your child’s dentist can provide a more accurate estimate of how long their treatment will take based on their individual needs and goals.
While your child can eat normally while wearing braces, there are certain foods that should be avoided to prevent damage to the braces and wires. Crunchy, hard, sticky, or chewy snacks should be avoided as they can break or dislodge the brackets and wires.
This includes foods such as popcorn, hard candy, nuts, chewing gum, and caramel. Instead, encourage your child to eat softer foods like cooked vegetables and fruits. It’s also important to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks that can increase the risk of tooth decay and erosion.
Regular brushing is essential for keeping teeth healthy and clean during orthodontic treatment. It’s important to brush between the wires and around the brackets to remove any food debris or plaque that can accumulate. Children should brush after each meal with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque around the braces.
Flossing should also be part of your child’s daily oral hygiene routine to keep food particles from getting stuck in between teeth. Having your child’s teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months during treatment is recommended.
Children may need some time to adjust to their new braces. Here are some tips to help your child adjust to braces seamlessly:
- Encourage your child and tell them how great they look with braces.
- Reassure them that the treatment will be worth it in the end when their teeth are straighter and healthier looking.
- Make sure to provide them with all the right oral care items. It may include a special toothbrush for cleaning around braces, wax for covering any sharp edges, and floss threaders.
- Take your child to their regular children’s orthodontic appointments in Karrinyup. It will provide your child with personalised care and emotional support and help them feel more comfortable and confident with their braces.
Orthodontic treatment for children is generally safe and effective, but there are some potential risks and complications to consider. These may include tooth decay, enamel demineralisation, root resorption, soft tissue damage, and allergic reactions. However, you can reduce these risks by maintaining good oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular check-ups with an experienced dentist.