Are you wondering when it is time to start orthodontic therapy for your child? Perhaps your child’s teeth are crowding or overlapping as their adult teeth begin to come in. If you are wondering when your child should receive braces, it is best to call our office to reserve a consultation with our orthodontist.
Our team is experienced with working with children of all ages and we pride ourselves on offering a fun, family-friendly environment so that our patients can receive the highest quality orthodontic treatment available in our area. At a consultation, we will perform an oral examination to check the placement of teeth (including emerging teeth), look for issues that may affect spacing between teeth, and develop a custom treatment plan geared toward your child’s unique needs.
Following is some helpful information about braces and childhood orthodontic treatment.
Are orthodontic issues purely cosmetic in nature?
Some folks tend to think that spacing issues between teeth or misaligned bites are purely cosmetic flaws. While wearing braces will certainly improve the attractiveness of a smile, there are oral health benefits to orthodontic treatment, too.
For instance, straight teeth that are properly spaced are much easier to floss and brush. When teeth are easier to clean, patients can enjoy a reduced risk for dental caries and periodontal disease. Moreover, properly aligned teeth and occlusions distributes force and pressure associated with eating more evenly, thus preventing issues such as TMJ dysfunction and tooth wear.
What age(s) is treatment normally started?
The age at which a patient receives braces can vary. Some children may require treatment at a younger age than their peers while others may not need braces until adolescence. When young children, between the ages of seven and ten, wear braces and other orthodontic appliances, it is normally because their orthodontist is trying to prevent complications associated with adult teeth emerging properly.
The timing of orthodontic treatment largely depends on a patient’s unique situation, and this is why we recommend that parents schedule consultations at our practice when their child begins to lose baby teeth.
Call us today to reserve an appointment and determine the need for orthodontic treatment early!