Fixed Braces & Invisalign
for Children

Based on 126 reviews

  • We offer both Invisalign & Fixed Braces so you can make the right decision for your family
  • Treatment can start within 2 weeks of initial assessment, avoiding lengthy NHS queues
  • 100% Dentist-led treatment throughout your child’s journey
  • Compassionate & Friendly team to support your child during treatment

Patient Experiences

Dana R
Dana R
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I had the best ever experience for my son today. After a traumatic experience with other dentists we managed to find the BEST ever dentistry!
Natalie B
Natalie B
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From start to finish the whole experience was a positive one and I wouldn't hesitate to use Danbury Dental again. Thank you xx
Linda K
Linda K
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I had the invisalign treatment and some bonding and shaping and I'm so happy with the results
Nikki W
Nikki W
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I was Sedated on Friday for fillings and I was extremely Nervous!! But I had meetings with Kaly and the team leading up to it and phone calls and emails to ease my nerves and answer any questions I had! Which comforted me a lot!

If you’re thinking of Invisalign or Fixed Braces for your child, get in touch for a complimentary session with a Dentist.

Child Orthodontics: Patient Advice

The path to a confident smile for your little one is not always straightforward, especially when faced with long waits and a mix of treatment options.

As a parent myself, I know how daunting it can be to research and consider all the different orthodontic options.  

Here’s a short guide in the hope it will help in coming to the best decision for your family. 

Benefits of Early Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment can significantly impact a child’s oral health. It can guide the growth of the jaw, correct bite problems, and make room for incoming permanent teeth.   

Addressing these issues early can reduce the need for more invasive treatments later in life and can even shorten the duration of treatment.

Moreover, early treatment can boost a child’s self-esteem. A straight smile can improve their appearance and confidence, positively affecting their social interactions and academic performance.

Identifying the Signs

How do you know if your child needs orthodontic treatment?

Look out for signs such as crowded or misplaced teeth, difficulty in chewing or biting, mouth breathing, and thumb sucking beyond age 5. These could indicate underlying orthodontic issues that warrant a professional assessment.

Not all orthodontic problems are visible.   Regular dental check-ups are crucial for early detection and treatment.

Fixed Braces for Children

Fixed braces have been the cornerstone of Orthodontic treatment for decades.

They consist of brackets attached to the teeth, connected by wires that gently guide the teeth into their correct positions over time.

Despite the emergence of newer technologies, fixed braces remain a highly effective solution for a wide range of orthodontic issues, particularly complex cases.

Types of Fixed Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type, known for their durability and effectiveness.

However, for children concerned about the visibility of braces, ceramic braces offer a less noticeable alternative.   These are made of clear or tooth-coloured materials, blending in with the teeth.

Advantages of Fixed Braces

Fixed braces are incredibly versatile, capable of correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues, from simple to complex. 

Moreover, because they are non-removable, compliance is not an issue.  

This can be particularly beneficial for younger children who might struggle with the responsibility of wearing a removable device like Invisalign

Invisalign for Children

Invisalign, known for its clear aligners, has revolutionised orthodontic treatment. 

These custom-made, transparent plastic trays gently move the teeth into place, offering a discreet alternative to traditional braces.

Is Invisalign suitable for children? Absolutely.   

The “Invisalign First” capability is designed specifically for younger patients, addressing their unique needs while guiding the development of their jaws and teeth.

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How Invisalign Works

Invisalign treatment involves a series of aligners, each worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next in the series.

Invisalign trays are custom-made using 3D imaging technology, ensuring a perfect fit and effective treatment.  We can even take a 3D iTero scan during your orthodontic assessment, to help visualise the end result.

Since the aligners are removable, they allow for easy cleaning and the freedom to eat without restrictions. 

This can contribute to better oral hygiene compared to fixed braces, where food particles can become trapped around brackets and wires.

Benefits of Invisalign for Children

Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, which can be a significant advantage for children and teenagers who are self-conscious about their appearance. 

The comfort and convenience of Invisalign, along with its effectiveness in treating a variety of orthodontic issues, make it an appealing option for many families.

However, Invisalign requires discipline and patient compliance.   

Invisalign’s aligners must be worn by your child for at least 22 hours a day to be effective. This level of responsibility may be challenging for some children, so it’s worth considering whether this might be a problem.

Cost Considerations

Fixed braces and Invisalign treatment costs can vary based on the complexity of the case and the duration of treatment.  By and large, Invisalign and Fixed Braces are roughly equivalent in price (ranging from £4000-£5500).

Some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of the treatment cost, so it’s advisable to check with your provider to understand the coverage of your child


Dr Adam Carstairs

BDS (London)
Special Interest in Orthodontics

If you’re thinking of Invisalign or Fixed Braces for your child, get in touch for a complimentary session with a Dentist.