The awkward teen years are nothing more than brutal, but knowing when your child is in need of braces you can help your teen turn those unpleasant years into an adult life that is filled with nothing but confident smiles. And having an incredible smile will have an impact on every aspect of their lives, as it does for anyone.
So when is it a good time to start thinking about the need for an orthodontist for your child? Knowing if your kid needs braces can often be an “up in the air” question. However, there are possible problems that can occur at an early age that may lead to the need for braces during their teenage years, such as:
- The jawbone improperly aligning
- Cross bite
- Thumb-sucking (although adorable, a major issue for future dental problems)
- Difficulty chewing
- Losing baby teeth too early or too late
- Impacted teeth
- Signs of loose or crooked teeth
- Thrusting the tongue to cause teeth misalignment
- Severe crowding
This list shows that there is a vast amount of things that can go wrong at an early age. Regular dental visits can help you steer your child’s oral health in the right direction, so when the time comes where braces are necessary, you and your child will be ready to transform their smile into nothing short of incredible and dazzling. Most of the time this will come around the age of 9, but at the age of 7 you can get a head start on identifying and addressing problems.
Why Choose a Specialist?
An orthodontist has completed an additional 2-3 years of schooling to master their craft. They specialize and have intensely studied the proper way of aligning the teeth and jaw. An orthodontist can identify, diagnose, and treat conditions, such as:
- Late or early loss of teeth
- Clenching or grinding of teeth
- Irregular bite
- Facial imbalance
- Protruding teeth
- Unbalanced tooth lineup, causing speech difficulty
- Misplaced, crowding, or blocked-out teeth
- Biting into the cheek or roof of mouth
Not all misaligned teeth problems require the need for braces. Our office will diagnose and identify whether your child requires them to fix misaligned teeth. Often they may simply be a candidate for retainers, which can help align and give your child a healthy smile.
Our office is filled with highly trained dental specialists and we take an in-depth approach when it comes to treating any dental issues your child may have. From straightening misaligned teeth to nighttime or permanent retainers, we can give your child, you, or even the neighbor that waves at you each time you take out the trash, a perfectly-aligned set of gorgeous teeth.
With regular exams (every 6-12 months) we can help give your child a smile they will be proud of. If you think that your kid may need braces or want to know more about how they can