There are several reasons why children and adults in Ashburn, VA and elsewhere need to get braces. Crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, overbite and underbite are just a few of the most common orthodontic problems that may require braces.
Usually, our pediatric dentist will be the first to notice if there are any problems and will recommend that you and your child consider correcting jaw or teeth alignment problems. From there, we can determine if a child needs braces, as well as which type of braces would be the best.
When the permanent teeth start coming in at around age seven or so is typically the best time to consider orthodontic treatment because this is when issues such as overcrowding and an uneven bite may be obvious. Some children may start at six or 10 years. It all depends on the unique situation.
Starting the process early doesn’t mean a child will be fit immediately with braces. It just means we may be able to find problems in advance and decide the best time to install the braces.
The first time you visit our office in Ashburn, VA, our pediatric dentist may thoroughly examine your child’s jaw and teeth. Your child may be asked to bite the teeth together or to mention if there are problems with chewing, swallowing, or clicking or popping of the jaw. X-rays may be taken to see the position of the teeth and if there are any more adult teeth waiting to grow in. A mold or impression of your child’s teeth may be taken as well.
Braces correct the alignment problems because they put constant pressure on the teeth, so they gradually move into the correct position. Traditional metal braces have brackets with wires and elastics. The brackets attach to the teeth and are connected by thin wires and elastics. The wire is tightened gradually to help slowly push the teeth into the proper position.
Once the braces are on, the child will need to have adjustments and tightening every so often. How long the orthodontic treatment takes will depend on the problems. After the braces are removed, a custom-made retainer is used to help keep the teeth from shifting out of position.
During an appointment at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry in Ashburn, VA, you can learn more about whether or not your little one may need orthodontic treatment. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment for your child!