Shaping smiles for the future

Smile enhancement for children isn’t about interfering with Mother Nature. It’s about finding a gentle route to healthier teeth and gums in the long term. At Happy Kids Dental we take a holistic approach with every patient, and advise parents if our smile enhancement treatments will be beneficial. Here’s a round-up of what we can offer and how it can help. The problem preventer: early orthodontics The field of early orthodontics is fast gaining traction as an excellent preventive measure. In assessing children as young as 6, we can identify potential future problems with bite position, jaw development and misaligned teeth. Treating children with gentle methods from around the age Read More…

Clear aligners or braces?

If you have any friends or family who opted for orthodontic treatment for teeth straightening later in life, rather than as a child, they may have chosen to have a removable clear aligner instead of adult braces. A transparent, moulded plastic orthodontic device, a clear aligner is a popular approach to teeth straightening without the clasps, brackets and screws of braces. Are aligners suitable for your child? If an orthodontist has evaluated your child and decided that they need a course of treatment to either straighten their teeth or to correct their bite, then your child may be quite apprehensive about the experience. Given that most children are in their Read More…

Myths & Facts about orthodontic treatments

Myth: Expansion will prevent my child from having extractions. Fact: Expansion will reduce the likelihood of your child requiring extractions. If your child presents with severe crowding, over 8mm or midline issues, then extractions maybe the safest and best way to treat your child. Myth: Extractions will give my child a narrow smile. Fact: A good orthodontist will always strive to avoid unnecessary extractions. Correctly recommended extractions that are needed will not give your child a narrow smile. Myth: Extractions will damage my child’s profile. Fact: The number of orthodontic related extractions has dramatically reduced over the past decade. None the less there are cases where the only option is Read More…

Billie Eilish Invisalign Braces

Invisalign teeth straightening is a popular celebrity cosmetic dentistry procedure. Some of the most famous celebrities who openly talked about their invisalign treatments are Justin Bieber, Anna Kendrick, Tom Cruise, Katherine Heigl, Zac Efron. And now the rising Goth Pop Princess Billie Eilish has made Invisalign part of her latest video Bad Guy. At the start of the video you Billy says ‘I have taken out my Invisalign, and here is my album’. In the video, Billie then breaks through a wall and gives her clear brace retainers to a leather-clad man to hold before breaking into the song. Bille is an American singer and songwriter. In the news, reporters refer Read More…

Do Invisalign Teen aligners hurt?

Every candidate for Invisalign Teen treatment asks us – will it hurt? Our honest answer – there will be some degree of discomfort. The whole point of Invisalign Teen treatment is to shift your teen’s teeth into a straighter, healthier smile, which would require some degree of pressure on the teeth. But this discomfort fades away after the teeth adjust to wearing the aligners and to having new aligners swapped in and out. There are three sources of pain when it comes to Invisalign Teens: the soreness that comes from the aligners pressing against the teeth the pain that comes with having the aligners in your mouth if aligners need Read More…

Invisalign Teen Pros & Cons for Teenagers

Invisalign Teen is a system of clear hard plastic aligners that are fitted for your mouth. They must be checked every 8 weeks or so and replaced over the course of the first couple of months while they work at aligning your teeth into proper position. Invisalign Teen is a preferred choice for over 1.6 million teens because they are practically invisible due to being clear. However, no one thing is perfect. At Happy kids Dental we understand that any method of treating teeth misalignment comes with some struggle. After all, any type of the bracket system will be moving your teeth. In this article we try to provide pro’s Read More…

Early orthodontics Treatments for children: Expansion or Interceptive Extraction

On our Early orthodontics page we have discussed various types of treatments that can help your child if his jaw is still growing. Types of early orthodontic treatments are: Expansion Thumb sucking habit cessation Interceptive extractions Growth modification (Functional/ myofunctional braces) In this blog post, Dr. Amina will talk about Expansion and Interceptive extractions 1. Expansion This treatment aims to widen the upper and lower jaw. Generally, expansion is more stable in the upper jaw compared to the lower jaw. This can be done with removable braces of fixed braces. Often there is a spring or screw/ key mechanism that is used to widen the upper or lower jaw When is it used? Correction Read More…

Early orthodontics Treatments for children: thumb sucking habit cessation

On our Early orthodontics page we have discussed various types of treatments that can help your child if his jaw is still growing. Types of early orthodontic treatments are: Expansion Thumb sucking habit cessation Interceptive extractions Growth modification (Functional/ myofunctional braces) In this blog post, Dr. Amina will talk about thumb sucking habit cessation. Thumb/digit sucking habits, also known as non-nutritive sucking habits (NNSH), are common in children aged 0-5 years old (75%). Most children will outgrow their habit by the time they are 7 years old. However, research states that 12% of children will continue NNSH after 7 years old. Why do children develop these habits? Comfort and security Learned behaviours What happens Read More…

Types of Early orthodontic Treatments: Growth modifications

On our Early orthodontics page we have discussed various types of treatments that can help your child if his jaw is still growing. Types of early orthodontic treatments are: Expansion Thumb sucking habit cessation Interceptive extractions Growth modification (Functional/ myofunctional braces) In this blog post, Dr. Amina will talk about thumb sucking habit cessation. This treatment uses functional/ myofunctional appliances to enhance the growth of the lower jaw, and correct issues with the bite and also improve the profile. We know that these braces don’t work by “growing” the lower jaw. They actually enhance any growth potential, but move the teeth in blocks. This is type of treatment is most successful before or during Read More…