Childrens Orthodontics

Children’s Orthodontics

Our Specialist Orthodontist Dr Emmett Hegarty, is a very experienced specialist who has undertaken additional training in the field of orthodontics. Some general dentists do provide teeth straightening treatment, but usually they have undergone less formal training and may have less experience than a specialist orthodontist.  Dr Hegarty can treat more complex orthodontic cases, can offer solutions using a variety of different braces, and he treats children, teens and adults.

Different types of Orthodontic Treatment

Interceptive Orthodontics

Early assessment of children’s developing teeth can allow Dr Hegarty to identify any potential problems such as misaligned jaws, trapped teeth, habits such as thumb-sucking and other issues, which if addressed early may avoid more complex treatment in future.

Dr Hegarty is a firm believer in the principle of the correct treatment at the right time to allow the smoothest and shortest journey to an excellent result. Interceptive orthodontics can take different forms depending on the situation using fixed braces, removable braces and other appliances. 

The advantages of interceptive treatment include:

  • Creating room for crowded and erupting teeth
  • Facilitating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Decreasing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Maintaining space for un-erupted teeth
  • Decreasing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment duration with braces in future
  • Faster treatment
Removable Braces

Dr Hegarty is a very experienced user of removable braces and provides them to children to manage a range of issues.

The advantages of removable braces include:

  • They are harder to see then traditional fixed braces.
  • They are removable and this can facilitate good oral hygiene, easier eating and can be removed easily for playing contact sports that require a sportsguard.
  • Use of removable braces can reduce the complexity of orthodontic issues well in advance of beginning fixed braces leading to reduced treatment durations later in some cases.
Functional Braces

Functional braces are designed for improving jaw alignment and realigning teeth for children aged 11 to 14 years.

They can be removable to allow for cleaning, contact sports and eating. They are worn over both the upper and lower teeth. Fixed versions are available.

This treatment is often used in patients to improve jaw relationships. Functional braces help to match up upper and lower teeth, improving the child’s ‘bite’ and projection of the front teeth.

  • There is a range of functional braces available for different scenarios, Dr Hegarty will guide you as to which is the most appropriate if they are necessary.
  • Functional braces have the best results when fitted to girls aged 11-13 and boys aged 12-14. In more severe cases these are fitted from 8 years upwards.
  • Dr Hegarty has a wide range of experience with Functional Braces and advise on whether they are appropriate as well as providing the best option depending on the problem.

Early Expansion

Expanders can be used to widen narrow jaws, allow for the developing adult teeth to erupt and helping to create space so these teeth can be accommodated in the arches. Dr Hegarty is very experienced in use of expanders and advise on the suitability and ideal time to carry out this treatment depending on the individual needs of the patient.

Contact the team today and book your orthodontic assessment.

For further information about any of our services please call us: 020 8785 7105.

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