Kids need braces for more than an attractive smile. Crooked, overcrowded and misaligned teeth can result in serious overall health problems in the future. The right time to get braces for kids will depend on each child’s unique problems. When you consult with our orthodontist, your child’s teeth will be examined and the right course of treatment may be prescribed.
When a child’s adult teeth grow in crooked or overcrowded, it makes them difficult to clean. This can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Malocclusion is also called a bad bite. It means there is a difference between the size of the upper and lower jaw. An underbite means the lower jaw is bigger and an overbite means the upper jaw is bigger.
A pediatric dentist may be the first person to notice that a child needs orthodontic treatment. Pediatric dentists are trained to see problems in the making by seeing the position of the adult teeth before they grow in.
Problems with the teeth and jaw may be caused by thumb-sucking, injury and losing baby teeth too early. But the main cause is genetic. These problems are typically inherited from one of the parents or grandparents. If someone in your family needed braces, one or more of your children may also need braces.
While there is no set age for a first visit to the orthodontist, it is recommended to have a child’s teeth checked between six and 10 years. However, some people have their first visit when they are teenagers. Just because you visit an orthodontist does not mean your child will get braces immediately. It all depends on the situation.
During a child’s first visit at Redmond Orthodontics, the teeth, gums and bite can be examined. You may be asked questions such as whether your child has any clicking sound in his or her jawbone or has problems chewing and swallowing. Images may be taken to see the position of each tooth. From there, we can determine if braces for kids may be necessary.
There are several types of braces for kids available today, but the traditional stainless steel braces are still the most popular. They are much more discreet than they were decades ago and the child can choose colorful elastics to improve their appearance.
The only way to know when to consider braces for kids is to consult with the experts. Talk to our team at Redmond Orthodontics, located in Redmond. Contact our office today to schedule an orthodontic appointment for your child!