It can be a challenge to choose the best Orthodontist in Limerick. Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick is certainly the centre of excellence for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malpositioned teeth.
Poorly aligned teeth are also often the cause of jaw pain and we are experts in assessing and treating all types of issues like this.
How we Assess Patients
As with all treatments available here, orthodontic treatments are devised following a full discussion with you, the patient. Furthermore, a detailed analysis determines the precise problems arising from misaligned teeth. Another name for misaligned teeth is a ‘malocclusion’. Specifically, ‘malocclusion’ is the imperfect positioning of the teeth when jaws are closed. Our Team will then plan a strategy for moving the teeth gradually into position. You will visit us regularly over the course of your treatment and be looked after very well.
Types of Braces Offered by Shields Dental Clinic Limerick
We offer a range of treatment options here at Shields in Limerick. The options are designed to suit different budgets and tastes and they include braces that are made from a range of different materials. The general options are:
Children’s Orthodontics constitutes a large part of our work. Some dental and orthodontic issues are best treated before a person’s mouth has even finished forming. Thus it is vital to bring your child to a dentist within six months of the first-ever tooth sighting and certainly no later than age one.
While many orthodontic problems are genetic, many others come from early childhood impacts, like thumb-sucking and poor nutrition.
Does my Child need a Brace?
The only way to decide if your child needs a brace is to visit your dentist, but there are a few signs you can look out for:
- Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
At what age should I get my Child evaluated?
Evaluation of ‘bite’ and other orthodontic issues may begin at any stage of dental development. Children as young as 5 may need to see an orthodontist and others can wait until the baby teeth have fallen out and the permanent teeth are on their way. This can happen anywhere between the ages of 10 and 13.
Factors which determine this are:
- the specific problems (if any)
- the growth of the child
- risks and benefits of treatment or not treating
Your dentist will help you determine the best time for evaluation and treatment.