Although braces are a common treatment, they are not mandatory and are only recommended when needed. It is, therefore important to know when your child needs braces.
Contrary to popular opinion, braces are not a passage to teenage life. They are an orthodontic treatment that the dentist can recommend if the child has dental problems that need correcting. However, knowing the signs of when the child needs orthodontics can go a long way in finding the ideal treatment at the correct time frame. Below are some of the signs to watch out for:
Why pay attention to the primary or baby teeth, if they are going to fall off eventually? Yes, the primary teeth will fall off, but they are crucial to the growth and development of the teeth and jaw. When the primary teeth fall off early before the permanent teeth form, the surrounding teeth may shift to the available spaces. Moreover, there might be a bone loss that will affect the bone structure.
Late loss of primary teeth, on the other hand, interfere with the eruption of the permanent teeth. Both situations could lead to the teeth and jaw developing abnormally. If you notice any irregularity with how the teeth fall off, visit our orthodontic team for assistance. The primary teeth should start falling off at six years.
Children will suck their thumbs at some point which can affect the primary teeth. If stopped on time, the teeth will grow normally as the permanent teeth set in. However, prolonged thumb sucking will cause the teeth to protrude and lead to various dental issues such as overbite and misaligned teeth.
Mouth breathing may not seem like a problem, but it is a huge issue for oral health. Breathing from your mouth causes the baby’s mouth to be open for a prolonged time. This will eventually lead to the elongation and narrowing of the face which further decreases the space of the mouth and affects how teeth emerge.
During your regular dental checkup, Dr. Jason Hirsch to notice if the child is mouth breathing and correct the issue before it causes any dental complications.
Crowded teeth develop when the teeth emerge close together or when they overlap. Teeth crowding causes uncomfortable biting and chewing, irregular dental alignment, mouth breathing and affects the child’s dental health. Because the teeth are overlapping, it will be challenging for children to brush properly increasing the risk of decay.
When is the Right Time for Orthodontic Treatment?
We recommend bringing your child for the first orthodontic treatment at age seven. That’s when the permanent teeth start emerging the proper time for the dentist to notice anything amiss.
Orthodontic treatment may, however, not begin until the child is eight years. The correct time to get braces is between 8 and 14 years as the teeth can be easily manipulated.
Yes, adults can still get braces, but the treatment time may take longer as the jawbone has attained maturity.
A variety of options are available from traditional to clear braces and all forms of braces have their pros and cons. For instance, traditional braces provide better support, but on the downside, they are visible and trap food. Clear braces, on the other hand, are invisible and customized to fit the child’s dental situation. However, they can break or stain. It is essential to discuss with the dentist the options that are available and which one is suitable for your child.
The length of the treatment will depend on the dental situation and the child’s willingness to get the treatment. On average though they may need braces for 18 to 24 months.
Dental braces can break so avoid hard, chewy or sticky foods. Furthermore, ensure your child brushes after eating to avoid food particles from being trapped on the wires.
Early orthodontic treatment can help the dentist to detect any dental problems and address them on time. Contact us or visit Hirsch Pediatric Dentistry for your child’s orthodontic assessment.