Children's dental braces

The early development of a child’s teeth is important in determining how their teeth will continue to develop into adulthood. Warning Signs can start to show around the ages of 7-8 as they will have already started to have their permanent teeth come through (starting around age 6!). We recommend regular visits to your Dunelm Orthodontic Centre dentist at this age so we can ensure their teeth are coming in nicely and spot any potential future problems they may have.

Our friendly Durham orthodontists have had many years of experience treating children and will be able to spot any warning signs with their teeth, reducing the chance of a serious condition developing as they grow up.

When Should Your Child See An Orthodontic Dentist?

Some of the early warning signs to look our for include:

  • Crooked/Crowded/Wonky teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Early (before 4) or late (7-8) loss of their baby teeth
  • Chewing/Biting difficulty
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Thumb/finger sucking – Severe cases of this can cause the front teeth to eventually stick out
  • Enamel wear (teeth look worn, signs of discoloration to yellow)

Any of the signs above could give us an early indication that braces may be required during a later stage of their childhood – between 9-14)

At Dunelm Orthodontic Centre, we always recommend that it is best for a child to undergo any orthodontic treatment when they are still growing, as problems that are left till adulthood will require more extensive work and can take considerably longer to complete.

What Dental Braces Do We Offer For Children?

We offer an extensive range of orthodontic braces to treat many different needs. All of the braces that we have on offer to adults, are also available to children. Depending on the exact problems with your child’s teeth, some braces will be more suitable than others. Every case is different, so we offer free consultations to examine your child’s case and offer you the most suitable treatment for them. Free consultations are provided on the NHS and this must come via a referral from their Dentist, please note there is a waiting list of approximately six months for this.

How Long Should a Child Wear Dental Braces?

Each child will be different and it will depend on how severe their teeth are. Cases will vary and could be complete between 12-36 months – but with minor cases, this could even be completed in a matter of months.

During the free consultation, your Durham orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate time for completion once they have been able to examine your child’s case.

How Long Should a Child wear a Retainer?

We always recommend that despite what age you had braces at, retainers should ideally be worn indefinitely. Once you have had your teeth straightened, it is is possible to suffer an orthodontic relapse, which will mean the invested time & money could be undone as the teeth could end up being crooked again.

This is of course easier said than done, especially when trying to explain to a child why a retainer is so important to wear. Our recommended retainer option would be the bonded one. This is because the retainer will be worn at all times and there is no chance of forgetting to put the retainer back in or potentially losing it (which happens with the removable ones). The other major benefit to the bonded retainers is the fact that they are bonded to the backs of your teeth.


Hidden braces

Lingual braces sit on the inside surface of your teeth. They're often called hidden braces, because their positioning means you can't see them from the outside.



Retainers are used after you have had your teeth straightened to ensure that they remain in their new straight position. 

Related FAQs



Why are my teeth not straight?

There are many causes of overcrowding, gaps and crooked teeth. For some people it can be inherited or possibly acquired, either due to a habit (sucking of the thumb, prolonged use of a dummy), or because of the premature loss of milk teeth or adult teeth.



Should teeth be straightened for health reasons?

The correction of poor dental positioning also improves oral hygiene, as crowded or crooked teeth are often hard to clean properly. With such an improvement, the risk of gum disease for example – which can result in loss of teeth in extreme cases – is prevented.

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