There are many reasons why a child may be recommended to get braces. Developmental concerns including crooked, overlapping, and overcrowded teeth, or malocclusion, also known as a “bad bite,” are all concerns that braces can correct. If corrected at a young age, it can prevent further complications in the future, such as tooth and jaw problems. Here at Central Texas Orthodontics, it is our goal to help each of our patients achieve radiantly beautiful and healthy smiles. That is why, we offer personalized braces for children.
Orthodontics for Children
There is no exact age that is required for children to begin orthodontic treatment. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.
Some children are excited to receive their braces, seeing them as a sign that their teenage years are just around the corner. However, some children may be a little reluctant at first, wondering if they will hurt, or how long they will have to have them. Our professionals have a standard and passion for helping children, and their guardians, feel as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process and help patients, and their parents, gain a full understanding each step of the way.
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatments
There are many preventative and corrective benefits that braces for children can provide. For children that have, or show future signs of jaw issues, an orthodontist can help correct or guide your child’s jaw to help permanent teeth settle in a more ideal position. Treatments can also regulate the width of the upper and lower arches, and create more space for crowded teeth. Each treatment is designed to prevent concerns in the future, such as the need for permanent extractions later in life
Things to Look For
A few things to look for that indicate that your child may need braces, or orthodontic care, include:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
If you feel that your child may need braces, or would like to know more about braces for children, reach out to the caring professionals here at Central Texas Orthodontics to learn more. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards a happy and healthy smile.