Having straight teeth has never been so important for children. And it has never been easier to get them diagnosed and treated with braces in Cheltenham with Cheltenham Dental Spa.
We offer a range of cosmetic braces for adults and we also have a great braces dentist, Dr Tomos Crandon, who can treat your child to bring their teeth into alignment.
If you bring your child along to see Dr Crandon when they are about 7 years old and their adult teeth are just starting to come through, this is just the right age for making accurate predictions.
Modern diagnostic methods mean that we are able to look at the adult teeth waiting to come through and predict if they will be aligned and if not, how they will come through.
Dr Crandon can use x-rays and scans to look inside the jawbone at the adult teeth, and use this information to draw up a treatment plan with braces in Cheltenham.
Although it is possible to treat misaligned teeth at any stage in life, problems to do with the alignment of the jaw need to be treated in childhood. Such problems include overbite, underbite and cross bite. Also, if there are problems to do with the shape of the jaw, childhood is the time to treat it. At this time, the jawbone is still plastic and malleable. After about 18 years old, the jawbone sets hard and its shape can no longer be altered.
Starting treatment with braces in Cheltenham
Children can start having treatment much earlier than in the past. Nowadays, it is often recommended that braces treatment starts at about age 9, when there is a good mix of adult and baby teeth. At this time, the teeth can be guided by the braces into the right positions, instead of waiting until they have descended and then rearranging them.
Treatment is over and done with just as the teen years, with their awful self-consciousness, begin.
If you would like to find out more about braces in Cheltenham with Dr Crandon, please call for a chat or bring your child in for a consultation.