Pediatric Dentistry

Orthodontic Advice and Treatment

We have a special interest in the growth and development of your child's face and teeth. If you have any concerns about your child's teeth in terms of crowding, the appearance of their new teeth or the lack of them, we can offer advice as to whether orthodontic treatment is required.

Orthodontic treatment is used to improve appearance and function by correcting the teeth, lips and jaws in proper alignment and balance. While orthodontic treatment is most common during childhood and adolescence, an increasing number of adults are also opting for treatment. In some situations we carry out the orthodontic treatment. This most often involves making a removable appliance or plate to correct the problem. For more complex cases we may refer you to a specialist orthodontist.

Fissure Sealants

We can help children and teenagers keep their teeth for life with fissure sealants. Fissure sealants can greatly reduce teeth decay and the need for fillings. The chewing surfaces of most back teeth have a small fissure, which extends right down into the tooth itself. The fissures are difficult to clean thoroughly and are high-risk areas for decay to occur. The sealant is a plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces where it seals the fissures, preventing any food or bacteria from getting in.

The procedure involves cleaning the surface of the tooth, then applying the sealant. These sealants make the tooth surface smooth and easier to keep clean with regular brushing.