Orthodontics For Children

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment commonly uses fixed or removable braces to treat malalignment of the teeth or jaws, or sometimes both. Common problems that are corrected by an orthodontist include:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Cessation of habits, like thumb sucking and correcting the bite once this has stopped.

Another key to an aspect of orthodontic treatment is – managing the development of the teeth. This means making sure all the teeth are present, in the right location, at the right time and developing normally. If not, then an orthodontist will often make recommendations or plan treatment to ensure development is normal.

Who carries out orthodontic treatment?

At Happy Kids Dental an Orthodontist will always carry out your or your child’s treatment.

An orthodontist is someone who has attended university to qualify as a dentist and also would have worked as a dentist, for a few years. He/she would then have attended an internationally recognized 3-year programme —  to gain academic and clinical training to specialize as an orthodontist.
A consultant orthodontist is a term used in the UK. She/ he is as an orthodontist who would have trained for an additional 2 years – to gain further experience in the management of more complex orthodontic problems, that often require multi speciality input.

When should an orthodontist first examine my child?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children see an orthodontist no later than age 7.
This means any problems with the developing teeth or bites, maybe identified and treated/intercepted early. This will help avoid complications and potentially more complex treatment.t Happy Kids Dental an Orthodontist will always carry out your or your child’s treatment.

What is the best age for my child to start orthodontic treatment?

The real answer is, it depends on a few things. These include:

  1. The nature problem – some orthodontic issues are better treated early and others better treated later. For instance thumb sucking habits and cross bites are better managed as early as 8 years to avoid unwanted permanent effects on the teeth and bite.
  2. The impact of the problem on your child’s over all well being –  For instance, if a problem like protruding teeth is causing a negative impact on a child’s self-esteem  (e.g. not smiling, bullying at school, feeling self- conscious) – then this can be treated as early as 8 years old.  
  3. Your child’s dental health – Before starting any orthodontic treatment, it is essential that the teeth and gums are healthy. If the orthodontist indefinites an issues at your examination – they refer to the dentist to stabilize your oral health, before starting any orthodontic treatment.
  4. The cooperation of your child

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Our Orthodontic Team

We have 3 orthodontic specialists, with world-class education from top UK and USA universities and with more than 10 years of experience of children’s orthodontics.

Stephanie Oiknine

Specialist Orthodontist

Specialist Orthodontist
GDC No. 195243

Stephanie completed her specialist training in orthodontics at King’s College London. Stephanie was awarded the distinction for her outstanding work on her Master’s degree and the membership in Orthodontics by the Royal College of Surgeons. Stephanie originally qualified in dentistry at Tel Aviv University. She then undertook further training in advanced general dentistry and trained with experts in the field of aesthetic dentistry at the Hadassah University of Jerusalem. After practising for five years in general and aesthetic dentistry, she relocated to London and began her specialist training in orthodontics. Her background in aesthetic dentistry has given Stephanie an eye for detail that is often lacking in traditional orthodontics.

Stephanie believes that orthodontics is about more than straight teeth; it is where art meets science, and detail meets beauty. At Happy Kids Dental, Stephanie uses the most contemporary techniques to provide orthodontics for children. She believes in interceptive treatments for children, where possible avoiding extraction, working with growth and development patterns, as well as functional treatments and fixed braces.

A certified Invisalign practitioner, Stephanie is also qualified to provide Incognito and WIN lingual braces. She considers all modern systems for her cases, including ceramic braces.

Stephanie has expertise with cases involving jaw surgery and those requiring multidisciplinary treatments involving restorative dentistry or gum surgery. She works closely with the team to provide results that encompass all aspects of the smile, jaw, and face.

Dr. Stephanie Oiknine

Specialist Orthodontist

GDC No. 195243

Amina Abdel-Karim

Consultant Orthodontist

BDS (Bristol) MFDS RCS Eng, MSc, MOrth RCSEd, FDS Orth RCSEd
Consultant Orthodontist
GDC No. 83881

Dr. Amina Abdel-Karim

Consultant Orthodontist

BDS (Bristol) MFDS RCS Eng, MSc, MOrth RCSEd, FDS Orth RCSEd
GDC No. 83881


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