Does your child need braces? Four long term benefits of orthodontics for children

It can seem like a nightmare getting your child to attend a basic dental check-up and when they are told they may need a brace, you could be mistaken for thinking a volcano has erupted! While it is far from the most popular medical treatment your child will need, if their dentist states to you that they could benefit from a check-up with an orthodontist, it is important to pursue it.


Timing is important when it comes to children’s dentistry; just after all of their baby teeth have fallen out and their adult teeth are emerging is the desirable time for them to visit the orthodontist. Before their adult teeth are set in place, an orthodontist has the opportunity to move them easily, without causing extreme discomfort or pressure on their jaws. Delaying treatment could be extremely detrimental to your child’s physical and mental health, potentially causing issues later in life.

When it comes to childhood braces, you can come to us for your child’s orthodontics in Harley Street. Our team will assess the condition of your child’s newly emerged adult teeth and assess the fastest way to realign them, without causing undue stress to your child. We aim to make all of our procedures seamless and will work to make both you and your children feel relaxed in our surgery.

But what are the long term benefits of orthodontics in Harley Street? Read on to find out!

Better prognosis

While we cannot see into the future, early orthodontics in Harley Street can provide both you and our team with a rough idea of how your child’s adult teeth will form.

If we detect an underlying problem with how they are aligned or notice any protrusions, we can correct them sooner, allowing the teeth to move when they are at their most adaptable.

Bite correction

A huge area of childhood braces revolves around over, under and crossbites.

While these may seem fairly benign as a dental issue, they can cause problems such as oral grinding and have been linked to more extreme facial injuries when falling.

Having a brace fitted on your child will correct all manner of bite issues and create a more symmetrical, straighter smile.

Improve long term oral health

Straighter teeth are easier to clean and maintain.

If your child has misaligned or crowded teeth, it is highly likely that they are missing areas in their mouths with their daily dental routine. This can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and periodontal diseases like gingivitis.

While you may not feel like the most popular parent in the world, saying yes to your child’s brace treatment sets them up for a lifetime of straighter, healthier teeth and better overall health too.

Create more room

Adult teeth that are crowded or overlapping can prevent other teeth from emerging, causing your child discomfort.

Braces can help space out crowded teeth more evenly, creating room for unemerged teeth to grow and ensuring that all of the new teeth are correctly aligned.