At Oatlands Dental Lounge we are passionate about giving people beautiful smiles and that starts from an early age. We monitor your child's teeth for any signs that their teeth may need realigning so that we can plan out any early orthodontic treatment needed. Very often early treatment can prevent the need for more invasive treatments or tooth removal later in life.
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, straight teeth are easier to clean properly so there is less chance of plaque building up and tooth and gum decay. Some habits such as thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting can increase the likelihood of crooked teeth so we offer encouragement and advice for helping your child stop these.
At Oatlands Dental Lounge, orthodontic treatment is carried out by Dr George.
Dr George has over 25 years of experience treating both children and adults and provides both general and orthodontic treatment. With a passion for perfection, and an emphasis on continuous development of skills using the latest techniques, Dr George has an international following. Dr George provides interceptive orthodontics to optimise treatment outcomes by intervening earlier and utilising the natural growth patterns of the face and jaws. Dr George is highly experienced using the Invisalign and damon systems.
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Orthodontics is a type of dental treatment that straightens the teeth, aims to adjust the position and improve the appearance and function of teeth that are crooked or badly positioned.
There are several reasons why teeth may become badly positioned, such as:
During regular dental checkups, your dentist will check that the jaw is developing properly, the bite is aligned and that the teeth and gums are healthy. It is important that these are monitored because the earlier any potential situations are identified; the easier they are to correct and prevent. Thanks to our expertise and cutting edge dental technology, we can identify potential problems as early as the age of five and implement preventative and correctional measures so that any future treatment is less lengthy and complicated or can even be avoided.
This type of early treatment focuses on the development of the jaws as well as the teeth and is often called ‘Orthopaedics’. In most cases the best results are achieved while the child is still growing, namely between the ages of seven and thirteen but some results may not be achieved until facial growth has finished.
Previously a lot of orthodontic treatments involved extracted teeth to “make room” for crowded teeth to sit straight in the jaw but modern advances in technology have negated the need for this. We can now broaden the jaw and palate to make space for the teeth and create an attractive broad smile using a range of techniques known as ‘functional jaw orthopaedics’. This is most effective whilst the palate and jaw are still growing.
We offer a free initial consultation so if you are concerned about your child’s dental development or have received unsatisfactory answers from your regular dentist, visit us and we can assess your child’s teeth and create a bespoke treatment plan.
If your child sucks their thumb, still uses a dummy or has a habit of chewing on things such as pen tops, the teeth may be forced out of their corrected position rendering the treatment redundant so it is best to nip these habits in the bud to avoid wasting time and money. We can suggest measures such as finger guards to help quit the habit and can then commence any necessary treatment such as braces. Once the active treatment phase of tooth movement is completed, a retainer or some kind will need to be worn to hold the teeth in their new, correct positions and offer long-term stability.
Thumb sucking can have a detrimental effect on children’s teeth. Over time the top teeth can be pulled forward and the bottom teeth pushed back
Previously, braces had a bad name for being unsightly and causing lisps. Modern advances in orthodontics can offer tooth aligning solutions whilst saving children and teenagers the embarrassment of very noticeable metal braces.
If you would like to know more about our early intervention orthodontics, contact us today to speak with a member of our team.
BDS (Hons.) MJDF RCS (Eng), MClinDent (FRP Lond) FICOI, MSc (Dental Implantology)
BDS (Lond) MJDF RCS (Eng)