Thinking about whether your child requires braces? You’ve come to the right place. Orthodontic treatment can be a very significant part of your child’s oral health care. We’re here to answer some of the questions you might have regarding orthodontic treatment for your child.
What is the purpose of orthodontic treatment?
The objective of orthodontic treatment is to build a healthy bite. When jaws and teeth fit incorrectly, they can function properly. This promotes good oral and general physical health. There is always the added advantage that orthodontic treatment also brings out a beautiful smile.
How will orthodontic treatment help my child?
Orthodontic treatment will help your child to chew in a healthy manner, which will also contribute to clear speech. It helps your child’s jaw to function accurately and also looks nice. An attractive smile is a pleasant outcome of orthodontic treatment and can have emotional benefits. Self-confidence and self-esteem improve as orthodontic treatment bring teeth, lips, and face into proportion. It enhances your child’s overall health as straight teeth are less prone to decay, gum disease and injury.
What’s the right age for orthodontic treatment?
Ideally, it is advised that your child gets an orthodontic evaluation no later than the age of 7 when the permanent teeth begin to erupt. Timing is also decided by the type of problem that the child has or may be developing, and the child’s stage of dental development. Some may require tooth movement only, while others may need help with guiding the growth of their jaws, or to correct an abnormal habit. Some orthodontists recommend an interceptive approach. This usually includes the use of dental instruments when the child is younger and still has most of his or her baby teeth. Then, once a child has mostly adult teeth, the second phase of treatment can begin, which normally includes braces.
Isn’t 7 yrs too young to get braces?
Around 7 years of age, your child’s permanent teeth begin to erupt. A check-up at this age will help your orthodontist understand if a problem exists or is developing. Remember, there is a lot of distinction between a check-up and requiring braces treatment. Usually, your orthodontist might suggest a wait and watch approach, with a periodic follow-up in case any developing problem is detected. Also, not all orthodontic problems need correction with the help of braces.
If you’re still doubtful of when to schedule your first orthodontic treatment, reach out to us. We’d be happy to share what we believe to be the best solution to get a beautiful smile based on your situation.