We all want our children to be set for life by the time they are ready to leave home. We teach them all sorts of things that school doesn’t to get them ready. We look after their bodies as well as their minds and hopefully, they will always be healthy and able to look after themselves. But as well as investing in their education and sports abilities, we also need to invest in their teeth. One way you can help your children be set for life is to make sure they have really great teeth when they leave home. Teeth that last a long time tend to be well aligned in the mouth. Most people have naturally wonky teeth, and it takes time to sort them out. You can find out if your child needs help by bringing them in for a consultation with the orthodontist in Hampshire here at Winchester Orthodontics.
Earlier interventions with the orthodontist in Hampshire
We can now treat children much earlier than in the past. At Winchester Orthodontics, we use advanced diagnostics technology to accurately predict how your child’s adult teeth are going to come through. This means you can bring your child in to us for a consultation when they are about 7 years old.
If our examination shows that there are going to be problems with the alignment of your child’s teeth, we can put a treatment plan in place and begin treating them when their adult teeth are coming through, rather than waiting until they have arrived and then rearranging them. Your child could have finished treatment with the orthodontist in Hampshire by the time they are 12 or 13 years old and about to hit puberty. They can then go through these years of excruciating self-consciousness without the added burden of wearing braces, even invisible braces.
Realigning the jawbone
This is also better done earlier, but for different reasons. While your child is still growing their jawbone is more plastic and we can gently move it until it is a better shape or to align it better with the opposing jawbone. After the age of 18, the bone sets hard and this becomes impossible to do.