4 signs your child needs early orthodontics

If you endured train tracks as a teenager, you may be worried that your children will suffer the same fate. But thanks to early orthodontics, it doesn’t have to be that way for the next generation! Treatment with early orthodontics can minimise the need for braces and is increasingly considered the modern approach. At Happy Kids Dental, we can assess your child’s bite and teeth positioning as early as age seven. Taking advantage of a child’s still-growing jaw means we can use gentle treatments that may prevent the need for surgery or long-term braces in the future. So if you have a child under seven, here are the top signs to Read More…

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…

Does your child need early orthodontics?

While a mouth full of healthy straight teeth may be the ultimate goal of every dentist, orthodontic treatments provide more than the aesthetic appeal of a perfect smile. Not only do orthodontics treat crowding, alignment and the spacing of your child’s teeth, but they can also correct and prevent serious development issues that affect the jaw joints and muscles in their face. Did you know orthodontic treatments come in phase 1 and 2? While some children only need phase 2 orthodontic treatments, such as fixed braces, once they have their adult teeth, other kids need earlier intervention. Why choose phase 1 orthodontics? You may ask yourself why your child would Read More…