Braces for Children in Lichfield

To Brace or Not to Brace?

Over the past few years, the waiting list for braces under the NHS has increased a lot.

This is causing two problems:

  • Children aren’t getting braces until their late teens, meaning they have crooked teeth for longer and may have to maintain braces when they leave home.
  • Children who have lower jaws that are set back, or prominent upper teeth, are not being seen at the right age (11-14) to correct their bite.  If this window is missed then the patient may be left needing extractions or surgical intervention at an older age.

 

At Spires Dental, we offer private orthodontic fixed brace treatment for children to tackle these issues.

If you would like an impartial opinion on your children’s teeth, please contact us and we would be more than happy to give you some free advice on your child’s situation.

What to Expect

Your child’s first visit will be for an extended consultation where we will get to know your child, assess their dental health and needs, and carry out 3D scanning and photos to plan your child’s treatment.

We will also go through your child’s bite, why it is the way it is, and the options open to you. If we all feel it is appropriate, we can refer you for NHS care at this point.

Once X-rays have been taken at a specialist centre in Birmingham, we can finalise the planning and give a fixed cost and a guide to treatment time.

Treatment usually takes 12-24 months, with regular visits every 6-8 weeks.  

Payment is spread throughout the treatment.

Once treatment is complete, we fit fixed and removable retainers and follow your child up 6 months later to assess how well they are maintaining their new smile.
Treatment usually takes 12-24 months, with regular visits every 6-8 weeks.  

Payment is spread throughout the treatment.

Once treatment is complete, we fit fixed and removable retainers and follow your child 6 months later to assess how well they are maintaining their new smile.

‘Twin Blocks are the closest thing to magic that I see’

Moving teeth, either with aligners or fixed braces, is often the cornerstone of improving a smile. Why would we add dentistry to teeth, when we can simply move them into a good position?

When the upper jaw is ahead of the lower jaw a child’s teeth will either, stick out (which is pretty obvious) or they lean back (much harder to spot). When you come to correct this you get a choice of one of three options:

  • The 20th Century solution- Remove teeth to make space to ‘correct’ the bite. Sadly this pulled the upper teeth so far back that the child’s face could look dished in.
  • The surgical solution- If you are an adult, and the jaw position is bad enough, then sometimes the only option is rather major surgery.
  • The best option- If we can catch a child at the right age (11-13 for a girl and 12-14 for a boy), we can use Twin Blocks to correct the upper and lower jaw relationship, often taking away the need for extractions and/or surgery.

Patient Stories

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Twin block

Olivia did not like the gaps between her upper teeth, as well as how much they stuck out. Thankfully, Twin blocks, Fixed braces and 18 months of treatment gave Olivia a great smile as well as improving her facial profile.

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Childrens Braces

Chloe had two missing upper teeth, with retained baby teeth. We therefore removed the baby teeth and used the space to straighten the teeth and close the gaps with fixed braces.
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Childrens Braces

WOW! Ella was one tough cookie….from Twin blocks to removing teeth, plus fixed braces, we needed the works to help Ella get a great smile. We think she’s happy with the final result….