Braces are great for children and adults to have a brilliant, attractive smile. There are many other reasons to have braces, and those reasons are best addressed in childhood. While adults can still correct problems in their jaw, bite and tooth position, these can more easily be fixed at an early age, and some can even be prevented. Called interceptive orthodontic treatment, it focuses on preventing severe problems later in life.
Our specialist recommends that children have an orthodontic check-up by the age of seven years. At this time, the mouth has grown enough for our dental professional to know how the permanent teeth will emerge. Our specialist is trained to identify bite, or malocclusion, issues at an early age.
Your son or daughter may benefit from braces for children if:
• The baby teeth came out too early or very late
• The child has trouble biting or chewing
• There are crowded teeth
• The jaws shift or make a sound
• The child bites the cheek or roof of the mouth
• The child has teeth that don’t meet or look abnormal when they meet
• The teeth and jaw look out of proportion to the rest of the face
The most common cause for the need for braces is hereditary. A child may develop the same bite or spacing problems his or her parents have. Other causes may be thumb or finger sucking, decayed teeth, trauma because of an accident and poor nutrition.
The best age to be fitted with braces for children will be different for each individual. During a consultation with our specialist, your child’s dental issues may be evaluated, and you will learn about the possible treatments for any issues that are found. The teeth, mouth and jaw may be examined and an X-ray may be taken to see the position of the permanent teeth. An impression or mold may also be taken.
There are several different types of braces for children, but the traditional metal braces with wires and rubber bands are the most common. There are also clear aligners and ceramic braces that are much less noticeable. All types will gradually move the teeth into the correct alignment.
There are other devices that may be required, such as headgear that is only worn at night. Our specialist may also see that your child needs to have one or more teeth removed to make enough space for the other teeth to move into the right position. After the braces are on, your child will need to visit our office regularly for adjustments and check-ups.
The earlier our dental professionals at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry see a child’s teeth, the better chance that any problems can be prevented. It is recommended to visit our office even while the baby teeth are still present. Starting the process early does not mean the child will get braces immediately. Our experienced dental professionals will detect problems and decide when treatment should start. Our office is located in Ashburn, Virginia. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your little one.