At Family Dental care, we consider ourselves to be a leading dental clinic for child orthodontics in Durban. It is a good idea to bring your children in for their first dental screening at about 6 or 7 years of age, while the jaw itself is still developing. We can then begin interceptive orthodontics when your child is between 9 and 16.
It is so-named because we can intercept any bite overlaps or underlaps, try to enlarge the dental arch so that permanent teeth emerge in their correct positions and start to engage in a number of corrective procedures, including fitting braces or starting the Myobrace System™ procedures.
If you’re seeking a consultation on child orthodontics in Durban, do make an appointment with us. Correcting wrongs early makes the whole process quicker, less invasive (we strive to avoid procedures such as jaw wiring and extractions wherever possible), less traumatic for the young patient, less costly and, ultimately, improves the chances of permanent, full success.
When it comes to child orthodontics in Durban area, we set the benchmark. We like to think of ourselves as dental designers, because we’re as much invested in the fruits of our work, as you are in giving your child the perfect smile.
If you spot cavities, stains, a crowded jawbone with teeth erupting on top of each other or a misaligned bite, it’s vital to come in for a consultation as soon as possible. Remember that even if a child does not exhibit outward symptoms of embarrassment, he or she is likely to be taking a confidence knock in silence. Psychologically, this has an impact on your kid’s ability to concentrate in class, as well as with general social cohesion and development.
Correcting orthodontic problems in children is critical. Other than just potentially leading to digestive issues down the line due to improper chewing, it can also lead to the following medical problems, amongst others:
- Breathing problems
- Speech-related issues
- Jawbone strain, which can cause chronic pain
- An inability to swallow correctly, or even what is known as ‘reverse’ swallowing
- General minor facial malformation.
Our emphasis is on setting up your child’s smile and teeth perfectly for life. With any luck, we could even prevent the dreaded wisdom tooth issues which cause major pain and discomfort in a number of grown-ups.
Break these bad habits
Our approach to child orthodontics in Hilton, Waterfall or La Lucia at our respective branches in these areas, is that prevention is better than cure.
- Resistance to brushing teeth, particularly to tooth sensitivity in the gum area
- Sucking the thumb or index finger
- Incoherent or ‘nasal’ speech
- Constantly breathing through the mouth.
These are some of the most common symptoms that could indicate an underlying jaw stressor or problem, or could lead to issues as the jawline and dental arch develops.
Braces are one of the most common interventions in the childhood years. Our dentists at all three of our branches in La Lucia, Hilton and Waterfall are highly skilled in this aspect of child orthodontics.
When you make an appointment for an issue related to child orthodontics in Hilton or any other of our branches, we’ll make a thorough assessment of the trajectory of how the teeth are likely to erupt if they haven’t fully done so yet.
If we see that the teeth are not lining up properly, there are a number of options including braces, Myobrace procedures, retainers, headgear, bands and rubber bands. Our approach is a sensitive and targeted one, meaning that we try to achieve maximum results with the least intrusive and quickest, least painful procedure.
If we do need to apply braces to fix misaligned bites, we’ll affix them so as to move the teeth and realign the jawbone into position. Today’s braces are not the metal monstrosities of the past. When coming in for child orthodontics in La Lucia, as with all our branches, we have many options available. Some are perspex-like and hardly visible, while in some cases we may only need to affix a band or brace at the back of the teeth.
As our specialists who deal with child orthodontics in La Lucia, for example, will tell you – the follow-up check-ups and routine after care are just as vital. Far too often in our department of child orthodontics in Waterfall, for example, we’ve seen children not adhering to the basic ‘rules’.
What to expect after monthly follow-ups for braces
Keep ‘foods’ such as ice cream or yoghurt at home, as your child may experience pain for the first two days after having their monthly brace check-up. Administer a pain-killer if the pain is intense. This is because we adjust the wires slightly so as to apply more pressure.
Rinse the mouth with a cup of water and a teaspoon of dissolved salt, but do not swallow this. This helps alleviate pain and disinfects the mouth. If any part of the brace is causing irritation, for example, against the bottom lip or the gums, we’d be happy to provide a piece of ‘wax’ to cover the offending brace. We have various options available – just speak to us.
Some good lunch options are mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, rice pudding, soft-cooked meat such as chicken, stew with tender meat or fish, jelly, soft-boiled eggs and soft rolls or breads.
Make sure your child avoids eating hard foods or sticky foods such as toffee apples, NikNaks, toffee, gum, apples, crisps, corn, pizza crusts, raw carrots, pretzels, nachos and ice, or cooldrinks containing crushed ice.
As the section of our branch dealing with child orthodontics in Waterfall will advise, children are often prone to losing their retainers. We will fit a soft device called a retainer once the braces come off to keep the teeth formed perfectly.
The retainer should be brushed once a day and kept in the case provided when not in the mouth, during the day. Your child should not wrap it in tissue; this has lead to many a lost retainer. The retainer should not be placed on hot or warm surfaces as it could melt, and should be brought to every follow-up appointment.