The secret to successful orthodontic results in children is communication. It may sound very simple, but to ensure that treatment works effectively, I need my young patients to participate in, and embrace, their treatment. Experience has taught me that the art of communication, as well as orthodontic skills are both equally important to achieve a treatment successfully.
In the majority of cases, it is important to begin orthodontic treatment at a young age, so please don't feel as if you have to wait until your child's teeth have all appeared. Many of my patients are as young as five years old. Rest assured, your child will be in very skilled and caring hands. I will begin by telling them a story, the magic story of their mouth, so that they feel safe and happy about their treatment.
If your child is older than 12 years, they will probably want to have the same kind of brace as their friends at school, and this is an effective way of encouraging them to feel positive about their treatment. Even teenagers, who may feel very self-conscious about wearing a brace, can soon warm to the idea. That's why I spend time with my young patients and talk to them in a way that's relevant to them. I soon find the angle, or trigger point that can help them to embrace their treatment.
Almost 60% of my patients are adults. The right orthodontic treatment can literally transform your smile, enhancing your confidence and your appearance.
Dr Fern Jean-Joseph, Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontics is often associated with children, but in reality treatment can be started at any age. Almost 60% of my patients are adults. The right orthodontic treatment can literally transform your smile, enhancing your confidence and your appearance.
Todays treatments are a world away from when we were younger. For example, you can now choose to have 'invisible' braces, made of a soft, clear, comfortable material that gently pushes your teeth into the correct position. They are removable too, so you can take your braces out to eat and to clean your teeth.
'Invisible' braces are just one of the orthodontic treatments I can offer you and rest assured you will be able to choose the option that feels right for you. Gone are the days when you had to live with your teeth and settle for second best, now orthodontic problems can be corrected very simply and quickly, often in just a few months. Hollywood celebrities often use orthodontic treatments to enhance their smiles so you're in excellent company.
The new generation of, Lingual braces are designed to be worn behind the teeth so they do not show at all. They are becoming more comfortable so although it may take a little longer for patients to adapt to wearing them, many people choose them for their aesthetic qualities.
Orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance of natural teeth when they have become crooked or misaligned.
Orthodontics is not restricted to the correction of children's teeth and is becoming increasingly popular with adults as braces become less visible and uncomfortable. The 'railway tracks' reminiscent of childhood are no longer a pre-requisite for a straight, beautiful smile. At The dental practice we use a system called Invisalign, which is an almost invisible orthodontic appliance. A computer is used to plot the movement of the teeth and fabricate a clear 'Caligner' to reposition them. This aligner is changed every few weeks as your teeth slowly begin to move into position.
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