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Braces for Children

Appledore Milton Keynes offers a variety of options to treat issues with kids teeth and jaws.

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Braces for Kids in Milton Keynes

Why should my child have braces?

Braces for children are most often used to straighten crooked, crowded or protruding teeth, close gaps between teeth, and correct the bite so the top and bottom teeth meet when the mouth is closed.

Straightening your teeth, as well as looking better, means that your child will be able to care for their teeth and gums more easily, preventing issues from occurring later in life. In many cases the bite is also improved, meaning they can eat more comfortably.

The Clinical Director at our private dental practice in Milton Keynes, Dr Teresa, has treated a variety of children’s dental issues over many years and is happy to provide free online consultations to discuss your child’s needs.

Dr Teresa at Appledore Dental ClinicDr Teresa

Clinical Director, Appledore Dental, Milton Keynes

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Early signs that your child may need braces

There are early warning signs that your child’s mouth is not growing correctly. These symptoms provide an early indication that your child may need braces, often before teeth start to come through crooked or crowded.

  • Does your child have problems breathing through their nose?

  • Does your child lisp?

  • Does your child snore when sleeping or have broken sleep?

  • Does your child have difficulty eating, or keeping their mouth closed when eating?

When should my child get braces?

At Appledore Dental Clinic Dr Teresa likes to look at how your kids mouths are growing from around 4-5 years of age. She won’t necessarily recommend braces at that age, but she will advise how often they should visit their dentist in Milton Keynes to monitor their growth.

Children often start to get dental problems when their first grown up teeth start to come through at around age 6. This is a good age to start early interceptive treatment

When to start dental braces depends on a number of factors and each child will start at a different age.  It’s best to initially fill in our online contact us form and ask for a FREE online video consultation with Dr Teresa, she will be able to advise you if your child need treatment to start now, or if you should wait and if there is anything you can do in the meantime.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s the best age to get braces for a child?

    There’s no set age for a child’s first orthodontist visit. Early checks and intervention can be a good idea to spot potential issues and bad habits forming.

  • How long will you have to wear the braces for?

    The length of time a child has to wear braces for depends upon the type of dental problem your child has, but an average treatment time would be between 6 months and 2 years.

  • Is my child able to have free braces on NHS?

    The NHS does offer specialist orthodontic treatment for children under the age of 18 free of charge. However, not all children will qualify for this as there is a set criteria, known as the IOTN, and only those which meet the criteria will be treated.

    This may mean those with minor irregularities may not be offered NHS treatment but are still able to opt for private orthodontics.

    Our experienced team here at Appledore Dental Clinic Milton Keynes can help provide affordable braces for children, with private care.

  • What different types of braces are there for kids?

    For younger children, from the ages of 4/5 – 11, Myofunctional appliances are used to help jaws grow properly and to encourage good muscle habits.

    For older children aged 12 and over you have the choice of traditional metal braces or Invisalign (clear braces).

  • Do you extract teeth?

    At Appledore we do not recommend extractions routinely for orthodontic treatment as we do not believe extractions are always necessary. Issues such as crowded mouth can be resolved through treatments such as Myobrace.

  • How do I prepare my kids for braces?

    Discuss treatment options with your child and talk through what they can expect before their braces are fitted. Focus on the benefits of the braces and listen to their concerns. The first couple of days can be uncomfortable to stock up on ice cream and help them with their cleaning routine!

Why Appledore for children’s braces?

Appledore is a private dental clinic in Milton Keynes offering braces for children and there are many differences between going private rather than NHS.

The main advantages are you may be able to choose from more options, including Invisalign (clear aligners) and Myobrace, you may be offered appointments outside of school hours and you can usually start treatment straight away while on the NHS there may be a waiting list of a few months before being seen.

How to tell if your child needs braces?

Get Your Teeth Straightened At Appledore Today!

There are many types of orthodontic braces including the modern Invisalign system which uses clear aligners.


For teens – the modern and almost invisible way to straighten teeth

Fixed Braces

These Are Very Good For Correcting Complex Problems

Removable Braces

Removable braces are good for correcting simple problems


Myobrace appliance for one to two hours each day