when to have children's dental braces fitted

When to have Children’s Dental Braces Fitted

Braces are used to correct problems such as crowded, crooked and misaligned teeth. When fitted by a dentist as part of a dental treatment programme, they are usually worn for a period of one to two years although this will vary depending on the issue being treated. 

Although most often associated with teenagers there are good reasons for having a child’s teeth examined as early as seven. This is because the baby teeth are still present – yet the permanent teeth are coming through – so the dentist can see future growth patterns. 

Many experts recommend that children be seen by an orthodontist no later than age seven as possible problems can be caught early, corrective measures taken and treatment times are shorter. 

Read more at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-is-the-best-age-for-your-child-to-have-braces/

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.

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