Need Braces but not sure where to start?
First of all, gone are the days of scary braces! Your child can relax; they aren’t going to look like some science experiment when walking down the street! Braces are in fact ergonomic, functional, streamlined, and above all, comfortable devices and we even know how to make braces fun for your kids.
We have many options for kids who need braces. Below you will find some of the things to look out for when deciding whether your child needs braces. It’s important to know that not all systems are appropriate for all kids and we will go over all the options with you and your child at your consultation where we can answer all your questions in detail.
We have some exciting, innovative options that will work with your lifestyle. Select from the following systems available at our practice to learn more about the key advantages of each option. When you come in for your first consultation, we will present you with all the options most suited for you and your treatment plan.
When Should My Child See An Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children have their first orthodontic consultation and check-up at the latest by the of 7. The reason is jaw growth and positioning of teeth as well as new teeth that are still coming out can be evaluated. While orthodontic treatment plans usually begin later in life, typically in their teenage years, some problems can occur earlier and should be treated while the child is still growing.
How Do I Know if My Child Should See an Orthodontist?
Here is a quick checklist of typical problems that if detected should get you in for an appointment for a professional assessment. If you see any of the “Early Dental Problems” listed or shown below please contact our office to schedule your consultation.
Keep a look out for:
• Early or late loss of baby teeth
• Difficulty in chewing or biting
• Mouth breathing
• Jaws that shift or make sounds
• Speech difficulties
• Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
• Facial imbalance
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth