Determining whether your child is in need of braces is an important decision that deserves careful thought. There are a number of questions to consider before making this decision. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated for braces by age 7. This can vary greatly depending on your child’s oral development.
This early age is recommended in case the child is a candidate for preventative measures and in order to educate both parent and child about their options and future planning for orthodontics.
Are there significant internal dental problems?
An orthodontist will be able to tell you whether there are dental problems that can be fixed with braces. Some examples include crowded or misplaced teeth, late or early loss of baby teeth, clenching of the teeth, or difficulty in chewing and biting. Having these issues evaluated early is an important step towards a healthier and more beautiful smile for the rest of their life.
Are the teeth visibly crooked?
You’ll see in the picture one of our patients before they started orthodontic treatment. If you’ve noticed that your child’s teeth are looking crooked, jagged, or crowded, orthodontics can be an extremely wise investment towards their smile and dental health.
As soon as you begin to notice the issue, it’s important to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist to discuss a plan of action.
Often, getting braces is about more than fixing crooked teeth, because it may also relieve the pain of chewing or eating, problems with sleep apnea, and even speech impediments.
Is your child’s smile affecting their confidence?
Stephanie is an actual patient here at Bullmoose, and you’ll see the dramatic after picture here. Her before picture is above on the left. Notice the confidence in her new smile?
This is one of the biggest reasons that both children and parents consider orthodontics. A lack of self-confidence, particularly in younger ages, can make for difficult experiences in school. This lack of self-esteem can have many impacts on a child’s life, including poor performance in school, challenges making friends, and acting out at home.
A beautiful smile is just one of the many benefits of investing in braces, and it can improve dental health and self-confidence over the long term.
The conversation with your child about getting braces might be a difficult one, but it can also be an important step towards improved dental health and an investment in their future.
If your child is complaining about pain or other side effects, or if you’ve noticed a crooked smile, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist to determine whether your child needs braces and to develop a plan. A beautiful smile goes a long way.
Written By +Dick Dykman