Children’s Orthodontics Blackrock.

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Many parents think that orthodontic treatments are just for teenagers, but there are good reasons why younger children should be seen by an orthodontist.

There are many benefits for the child if problems are identified early on. An orthodontic assessment can lower the risk of protruded front teeth, correct harmful oral habits, guide adult teeth into a more favourable position, improve the bite and the way the lips meet.

What are the signs that my child needs a brace?

From when your child is around six years old, you can start looking at your child’s teeth for signs that they need braces. There are a few signs you can look out for below:

  • Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face

If you have concerns about your child’s teeth and would like to know if they need braces, book an orthodontic assessment with our orthodontist in Blackrock.

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. The exact age your youngster should start wearing braces depends on the cause and complexity of the problem. 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 orthodontic treatment. If you have concerns about your child’s teeth and would like to know if they need braces, book an assessment at our dental clinic in Blackrock.

Would you like to know more about children’s orthodontic treatment?


Have a question about a treatment, want to know how you can spread the cost of treatment, need to book an orthodontic appointment or would just like more information about children’s braces? Our treatment coordinators are available for free consultations in person here at our dental clinic in Blackrock.

How to make an orthodontic

Simply call us on 01 539 2866 or fill out a contact form.

Children’s Orthodontics FAQs.

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What is the most common orthodontic problem?
Crowded teeth is one of the most common problems in orthodontics and the result of inadequate space in the jaws to accommodate all of the teeth.
For how long will my child need to wear braces?
Most children wear braces for between 18 months and 36 months. However, the length of treatment will vary depending on the case and your child’s requirements.
Does a child’s diet have to change because of braces?
There are a number of foods that should be avoided when wearing braces to avoid broken wires and brackets which can cause discomfort and potentially prolong treatment.

It’s generally best to avoid anything hard, chewy or sticky like chocolate bars with sticky centres, boiled sweets and chewing gum.

There are also some other popular foods that should be eaten carefully including popcorn, crisps and apples or carrots.

If you are unsure, check with the dental team here at Shields.

Will my child need to wear a retainer?
Many orthodontists recommend that children should continue to wear retainers even as adults, for maybe one or two nights a week. Teeth can continue to change position throughout your adult life, and retainers help to keep them straight. In practice, most children and teenagers are expected to wear retainers on a regular basis for one or two years after the braces have been removed.

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The whole team at Shields Dental & Orthodontic Clinic in Blackrock take pride in providing great care to ensure that your visit is as relaxing as it can be. We want you to feel at home in our warm and friendly clinic. We offer an unrivalled end-to end service; our team will care for you from the moment we first hear your voice, until your final review.

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Use our FREE consultation service to speak to one of our Treatment Coordinators, who give you information about how we can help, without any financial commitment.

Most importantly it helps to build your confidence in starting your journey with Shields to the smile you have always wanted.

We’ll discuss with you what you would like to achieve with your dental health and the appearance of your smile, answer any questions and listen to any problems you may have had with your teeth in the past.