Braces do not have the same stigma that they did a few decades ago. Our society is so concerned with appearance that most people are happy to get braces if they know that their braces are going to leave them with straighter teeth in the future.
How do you know if you or your children need braces? One way to answer that question is by determining whether or not there are any oral problems. Is it comfortable to bite down on things? Do the teeth crash into each other when your child tries to chew? All of these things are an indication that they might need braces. Of course, the best person to determine whether or not braces are necessary is our specialist, who is going to work with your child, examine the teeth, and create a treatment plan that is right for them. However, there are a few things that our dentist is going to pay attention to when determining if your little one needs braces.
One thing that will be noted is crowded teeth. This is a clear sign that something needs to be done to correct the bite. When teeth are overcrowded, they don’t just look bad, but they can actually negatively affect overall health. Why? Because when the teeth are crowded, food gets trapped in them. And it is a lot harder to get this food out by simply brushing and flossing. Trapped food leads to decay. Trapped food leads to bad breath. Trapped food leads to gingivitis and periodontal disease. All of these things can damage your child’s health and can have a negative effect on their self-confidence.
Another thing that will be checked for is gaps in the teeth. Gaps can be caused by a number of factors, such as thumb sucking. Using braces to fix the gaps between the teeth is not solely a way to improve the way the smile looks, but it can actually improve the way that the bite functions.
Thankfully, regardless of the reason why your child needs braces, there are various treatments available at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry to help them get a beautiful and healthy smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Ashburn.