Getting Braces for Your Children – When and Why?
You have started to notice that your child’s front tooth is a little more crooked than the others or that their bottom jaw is a little too far back compared to the top one. Or maybe you have noticed these problems a while ago, but are just starting to consider the possibility of fixing them. No matter what your situation is, it’s often hard to determine when the best time for your child to get braces would be. You may consider the fragile age they are in, their blatant opposition to putting any metal in their mouth or whether or not you have the right finances for it.
All these factors aside, however, there is an overall time frame that orthodontists tend to agree on when it comes to young people and braces. Orthodontists typically recommend the first orthodontist visit for children to take place around the ages of 7 and 8. Your child’s adult teeth are usually growing in and orthodontists want to ensure that everything is going smoothly. If your child’s mouth will not provide enough room for all of their adult teeth to grow in, your orthodontist may suggest getting some form of braces at that time.
If braces are needed this early, the corrective procedure is usually broken down into two parts, one that takes place while the teeth are growing in, and one after all the adult teeth are present. However, if your child’s mouth is plenty roomy and looking good so far, he or she will have another few years to be braces free. After the first visit, orthodontists recommend bringing your child in for another visit after all of their teeth have grown in. This usually occurs around the ages of 10 to 14.
The orthodontist will then conduct an assessment and determine if your child will need braces or not. If not, they should be home free until their adult years! If they do need them, however, here comes a year or two of metal in their mouth. Although they may protest, it is important to have braces put on sooner rather than later.
The longer your teeth and bite go uncorrected, the more you are putting them at risk of being damaged permanently. Before you put braces on your child, however, make sure they already practice good oral hygiene. Less than efficient hygiene with braces on can result on cavities or discoloration of teeth once their braces are off, leaving them with spots or fillings. If you decide not to get braces for your children until they are older, or you are just now considering them for yourself, it isn’t the end of the world.
Although it may be slightly more painful, braces are normally just as effective when you are a kid as when you are an adult. The only risk you run by not having corrective procedures done early on is that you may damage your teeth with an uncorrected bite or extremely misplaced teeth. Depending on your child’s age, it is probably best if you schedule an orthodontist appointment in the near future, just to see if and/or when your child will need braces. Not only will it help you in making your decision, but it will also allow you to plan financially for them.
Braces can be important when it comes to your child’s oral health, so don’t delay!
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