Each child’s needs are unique. For some, it's best to begin treatment while baby teeth are still in their mouth – this is called Interceptive Treatment. For others, it makes more sense to wait until the permanent teeth are fully erupted.
Working this way allows us to make the patient the “best version of themselves.”
Invisalign® First is a new product for kids that makes going to the orthodontist even easier. Invisalign® First was released in early 2019 by Align Technology as a way to improve the patient experience in orthodontics. Patient compliance is generally increased as the appliances are less bulky in the kids' mouth compared with functional appliances. No more headgear, palatal expanders, and gooey impressions are required! We are proud to offer this product because your child can continue to eat the things they like and clean their teeth extremely well while in orthodontic treatment. Invisalign® First is a more comfortable and efficient way to enjoy the benefits of orthodontics, and it is extremely effective.
In early orthodontics the functional appliances can be divided into fixed and removable braces. The fixed functional appliances have to be bonded to the teeth by your orthodontist. Fixed appliances are able to produce very accurate movement in the teeth without depending on the compliance of our young patients. A removable functional appliance (e.g. expander see picture above) does not need to be bonded on the teeth and can be removed by the patient. A removable appliance is usually used by patients who have high degree of compliance with their orthodontic treatment. A common device used in the UK is a "twin block".
The Rapid Maxillary Expansion (RME) can be inserted as soon as the first molars have erupted and is attached with bands on the first molars and the first deciduous molars. It is the first choice when it comes to effective skeletal expansion of the maxilla in young kids and can be combined with a reverse Head Gear (Delaire Mask) to advance the maxilla in class 3 cases. We use a system that was invented at the university of Duesseldorf #TADMAN
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is where the strip of skin connecting the baby's tongue to the bottom of their mouth is shorter than usual. Some babies who have tongue-tie do not seem to be bothered by it. In others, it can restrict the tongue's movement, making it harder to breastfeed. Other signs that may indicate your baby has tongue-tie include difficulty lifting their tongue up or moving it from side to side, difficulty sticking their tongue out (looks heart-shaped). These can generally be corrected by a simple procedure called a frenectomy. For this procedure we will refer to an ENT Specialist.