Our long- established reputation for high skill and experience in treating children has made us a favourite amongst London school children and parents alike.
In the past many children began their orthodontic treatment when they reached age 12 to 14 years since all the adult teeth have erupted by this time. At the London Orthodontic Group, in line with the American Association of Orthodontics, we recommend all children should have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Early evaluation provides both timely detection and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. And if orthodontic intervention is not necessary, we can carefully monitor your child’s growth and development and begin treatment only when it is ideal.
Teenagers experience a golden time when all of their adult teeth have erupted, but they are still undergoing rapid facial growth. This can be the best opportunity to undertake orthodontic treatment to shape the appearance and function of their smile and support the future of their overall health.
Crooked teeth can have profound effects on a teenager’s self-esteem and social skills. If your parents had braces, you may have seen pictures of them with their mouths full of metal. Today, braces are much less noticeable. Metal braces are still used, but you also have the option of clear braces.
Teenagers are more than just big kids so we take care to include both the parent and teenager in all discussions we have.
These are the most common type of orthodontic braces. They are often known as ‘train tracks’. The advantages are that they are able to fine-tune the position of the teeth reliably and with modern sophisticated designs they are smaller and relatively fast acting to reduce treatment time. This will enable you to achieve that great smile in a shorter space of time. You can opt for clear ceramic brackets for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
The Damon System
The Damon brace system is a revolutionary approach to orthodontic treatment.
Conventional braces have elastic ‘ties’ which cause friction and pressure. Damon braces feature a sliding mechanism over the bracket that helps to reduce this friction and any potential discomfort as teeth move. The absence of ‘ties’ also makes dental hygiene easier during treatment as they do not collect plaque. Not only can Damon braces result in shorter treatment times but lighter forces on the teeth provide a more comfortable treatment experience.
Once the adult teeth start to erupt (age 7+), this is a good time to bring your child in for orthodontic screening. Our expert team will advise you if your child will benefit from early treatment.
Interceptive orthodontics is defined as ‘procedures that eliminate or reduce the severity of a developing malocclusion’.
There are certain dental anomalies such as significantly protrusive teeth or crossbites that are best treated at an early stage to avoid disturbances to the development of a normal dental arch. We offer all the latest and most contemporary methods of interceptive treatments available.
Thumb Sucking Clinic
Our dedicated Thumb Sucking Clinic at Knightsbridge and Richmond Orthodontics is aimed at children over the age of 7 with a persistent digit sucking habit that needs a helping hand.
Thumb sucking is a very common childhood habit, with three quarters of infants sucking their thumb in their first year.
For teenagers we are able to offer a range of invisible solutions:
Invisalign – Removable, clear aligners.
Lingual Braces – invisible braces hidden behind the teeth.
To schedule a consultation appointment please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call:
Knightsbridge on 020 7584 0733
Richmond on 020 8940 5106
Teddington on 020 8191 9153