29 Nov How to tell if your kid needs braces
Most orthodontic problems are genetic, meaning your child inherited your space or bite problems. Others develop over time due to thumb- or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental decay, accidents, or poor nutrition. Or there is not enough room in the jaws for the teeth so they become crowed or crooked, or the jaws don’t line up properly.
There are many reasons why a child might benefit from braces. You should have your child start seeing a dentist within six months of the first tooth erupting or by age one. There is no set time to get started. Some problems are best treated as early as possible even when it is still mostly baby teeth in place (ages 6-9). Sometimes it is best to wait until most of the baby teeth have fallen out (ages 10-13). If your child is getting regular dental visits, your dentist will be able to determine when it’s time for minor intervention or a full evaluation for braces.
Here are some signs that a child is likely to benefit from braces:
- Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
These aren’t the only reasons to get braces. Some other reasons include:
1. You want to have an easier time chewing your food. If you have crooked teeth you might not be able to bite or chew your food properly and this could cause your stomach to be quite upset.
2. As you age, the roof of your mouth will change. Sometimes this causes breathing problems to develop. If you have properly straightened and aligned teeth, this reduces the risk of developing these problems by quite a lot.
What is the best age to be fitted with braces?
The best age varies from patient to patient. Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between ages 8 and 14. Kids in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing. Some problems, however, are best addressed early, even while mostly baby teeth are present.
And braces aren’t just for kids. More and more adults are also wearing braces to correct minor problems and to improve their smile
How long will the braces be on?
That depends upon your treatment plan. The more complicated your space or bite problem is, and the older you are, the longer the period of treatment, usually most patients can count on wearing full braces between 12 and 24 months, followed by the wearing of a retainer to set and align tissues surrounding straightened teeth
To find out more about braces and treatment options, contact us to arrange a consultation.