Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy – A Child Tooth Care Guide

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Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy – A Child Tooth Care Guide

Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy – A Child Tooth Care Guide

They say prevention is better than cure, and that saying has never been more true than when it comes to dental care for children.

There are several good habits you can instil in your kids to help them have healthy teeth and gums.

Brushing twice a day and regular flossing are perhaps the most obvious and well-known things that a child (and adults!) should be doing to keep teeth health.

Other things you should be encouraging to keep your children’s teeth healthy include:

– Reduce consumption of fizzy or soft drinks

– Reduce consumption of sugary lollies or confectionary

– Take your child to the dentist at least once a year for regular check-ups

However, from time-to-time there are issues with teeth that can’t easily be prevented or cured.

Whilst the tips above are great for keeping the teeth we have white and healthy, there are some common issues that simply cannot be prevented and require alternative intervention.

Regular trips to the dentist will help you catch these issues as early as possible, and this is when you may be referred to an orthodontist.

What is an orthodontist? What does an orthodontist do?

An orthodontist is a dentist that specialises in correcting issues with the jaw and/or teeth alignment.

Orthodontists use a wide range of devices and sometimes even surgeries to correct issues with the alignment of the jaw or teeth.

Some orthodontists, such as the team at Hello Ortho, are braces specialists and have a range of options for braces.

What sort of conditions require an orthodontist for braces?

There are a number of reasons that your child may require an orthodontists for the use of braces.

The most common reasons that a child may require braces are:

– Crooked or overlapping teeth

– Overbite or Underbite (AKA malocclusion)

– Supernumerary (extra) teeth

Whether your child requires braces to fix gaps in teeth or braces for an overbite, orthodontists have a wide range of treatments available.

At Hello Ortho we offer Invisalign and other braces as orthodontic solutions to problems that require braces.

Getting started with braces: What you need to know

If it is determined that your child does need braces, it’s important to know that there are plenty of options available.

The different options can vary in cost and look.

It’s also worth noting that different treatments can take a different amount of time to work.

If you have been referred to an orthodontist, or if you suspect your child needs braces, it’s important to talk to an orthodontic specialist who specialises in braces to ensure you get the full picture.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this article for more about what to consider if braces are required for your child.

Living with braces

Depending on the solution you use, living with braces should not be too different to living without them.

You will notice that your teeth may be sensitive because of the movement and you will need to attend regular check-ups with your orthodontist to ensure the treatment is working as planned.

You will also have to avoid crunchy and chewy foods that may get stuck in your braces.

If you are using an Invisalign solution, most of these issues can be avoided.

Post-orthodontic care

If your child requires braces or other orthodontic care, it’s important to remember that orthodontic care is only a portion of your child’s dental needs.

Braces may help align your teeth, but without proper care and adherence to the instructions of your orthodontic specialist, the hard work (and money) spent on orthodontics could all be for nothing!

It’s important to practice regular brushing and flossing and ensure you get checked by a dentist at least once a year to ensure your orthodontic treatment lasts.

You may also need to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth do not move back into their original positions.

FAQs: The most common questions when it comes to braces

Question: How quickly do braces start working for kids?

Answer: Braces start working straight away! As soon as braces are fitted, they immediately begin exerting force on your child’s teeth to move them into position. The first visible signs of movement will be obvious at four weeks. By 4-6 weeks the movement will be extremely obvious. Depending on the amount of movement your teeth require, braces can be required for anything from 18-24 months on average or 36 months for extreme cases.

Question: At what age should a child start wearing braces?

Answer: Treatment usually commences at 11-13 years of age. However, orthodontists can be consulted from a much younger age to plan treatment.

Question: How do I prepare my kids for braces?

To prepare your kids for braces you should: 1). Book in a routine check-up and clean with your dentist; and 2). Encourage extra brushing and flossing to ensure teeth and gums are in tip-top shape before braces are applied

Question: What foods cannot be eaten with braces?

Answer: The foods to avoid with braces are: Chewy foods and lollies, Nuts, Hard crust breads or pizzas, Crunchy fruits (EG: whole apple or raw carrots).

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