Whether it’s for cosmetic reasons or to correct an issue, such as an underbite or overbite, there is a chance your child will need or want to have their teeth straightened. Are you wondering, “Does my child need braces?” Well, here are some common questions and answers concerning kids’ orthodontic treatment to keep in mind.
When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?
The American and Canadian Associations of Orthodontists state that children should schedule their first visit to the orthodontist no later than age seven. But don’t panic mom and dad, your kid won’t walk out of the consultation in braces. In fact, it’s usually an observational period. Your orthodontist will monitor your child’s teeth until it’s time to take action. Early orthodontic evaluation is the ideal approach, as problems can be discovered before they become more serious, resulting in simpler, faster treatment for your little one and, potentially, an even more successful outcome.
Why do Kids Need Braces?
Malocclusion, or an improper bite, affects the vast majority of people. It can range from extremely mild, where braces may not even be necessary, to severe, where an individual has issues chewing or speaking. Common braces cases include crowding, spacing, overjet, crossbite and underbite. Braces can be used to treat these issues for functional and structural reasons, cosmetic reasons or to ensure proper oral hygiene is achievable. When your child has their first consultation, we’ll provide a diagnosis and map out your treatment options and believe us, there are plenty of choices.
What are the Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Uncovering orthodontic issues as early as possible makes them easier to treat down the road. And let’s be honest, the middle school years are awkward enough regardless of the state of your teeth. For some kids braces or orthodontic devices might be the answer to maintaining self-esteem.
Early childhood orthodontic treatment, sometimes referred to as interceptive treatment, is enacted when the jaw is still growing so it can direct this growth properly. In what is known as Phase I orthodontic treatment, devices are used to make room for erupting teeth and to correct bite problems. This can ward off the need for extractions and oral surgery and shorten the duration and possibly decrease the expense of your child’s future braces treatment.
What are the Benefits of Straight Teeth?
In a recent blog post we discussed studies that found having crooked teeth can negatively impact romantic and career success. In contrast, having straight teeth boosts confidence and assertiveness, leading to gains in personal, school and work life. A perfect smile will give your child an edge in the self-esteem department.
Yet, the benefits of having braces aren’t only cosmetic. In fact, straight teeth are much easier to clean, which prevents cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. For those with severe bite problems, correcting the issue will allow them to chew and speak more comfortably.
Are you considering braces for your child? Contact Aura Orthodontics today to schedule a free consultation at our Surrey BC orthodontic clinic. Dr. Sharma will conduct a full exam and together you can make a well-informed decision. We’ll answer everything from the cost of braces for children to the types of treatments available.