Orthodontics for kids

Gone are the days of heavy metal train tracks running across your teeth. Today, braces have become a fun accessory for the younger crowd. Most braces contain coloured elastics which hold the wires of the braces together. These elastics come in different colours and can be changed to suit their lifestyle, ie: colours can match their school uniform, their favourite sports team or even a holiday scheme.

Although braces are less uncomfortable and visually displeasing in comparison with braces worn twenty years ago, it still takes quite a bit of getting used to. Food particles may get caught in the brackets and wires, making flossing and brushing a more tedious task. Children might also experience some discomfort after the initial adjustments, but the discomfort can be controlled by taking a pain reliever if necessary. To decrease the discomfort felt during treatment, a lighter wire can be used on the braces.

Braces are not only useful when correcting the tooth alignment, but it also corrects the jaw, ensuring that the teeth do not move back to their original position once the braces are removed. When a child reaches the age of 6 years, their permanent teeth will start to grow. Therefore, it is recommended that orthodontic treatment begins at this age while the jawbone is still growing, making certain conditions – such as crowding – easier to address.


Some orthodontic conditions are easier to correct when a child is still young. Interceptive orthodontic treatment – where the child’s natural growth is used to correct developmental occlusion issues – prevents future orthodontic problems, while providing an opportunity for the orthodontist to monitor the growth of the permanent teeth. Therefore it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with an orthodontist as soon as your child has all his or her permanent teeth. Contact us for an orthodontist in Cape Town.




Colgate “Early Orthodontics May Mean Less Treatment Later”


Dental Associates “Early Orthodontic Treatment: Braces for Young Kids”


Mayo Clinic “Tests and Procedures: Dental braces”