Orthodontic braces for children
The process of replacing deciduous teeth (milk or baby teeth as we know them) with permanent ones takes several years. The shape of the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) also change gradually. If parents notice that their little one’s baby teeth are not growing straight, they should consult an orthodontist.
The problem of misaligned teeth often begins in childhood. It is also the best time to start orthodontic therapy and protect your child from complications in adulthood. If you see that your child has uneven teeth, speaks unclearly, or breathes with his or her mouth, it is worth asking the doctor about possible solutions.
When should parents take the child to see a dentist?
It is best to start orthodontic treatment as early as possible during the period of dynamic growth, usually between the ages of 7 and 14. The American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association recommend that you go to your first orthodontic consultation when your child is seven years of age, even if he or she still has baby teeth or mixed teeth. The child’s teeth are less calcified and, therefore, more susceptible to changes.
How to recognize a problem?
In a correct bite, the upper teeth are aligned with the lower ones, without gaps, turning, or overlapping. The child can easily close his or her mouth without irritating the mucous membranes from the side of the cheeks or lips, which often happens with crooked teeth. Parents should monitor the development of their child’s bite and notice any signs of discomfort that might be a reason to see a dentist. The doctor will diagnose potential problems, identify the source of the issue, and decide when to start treatment in order to avoid future complications and invasive procedures. It’s important to understand that the problem will not disappear by itself; on the contrary, crookedly growing teeth may distort their neighbors.
What are the benefits of traditional braces?
Although alternatives to traditional braces are on the rise, such as Invisalign clear aligners, traditional braces continue to be the number one choice for many patients and parents. What are some of the benefits traditional braces can offer?
Without a doubt, traditional braces are still the least expensive choice for teeth straightening. Parents looking for orthodontic treatment for their children often realize that starting early not only prevents future dental complications but also know that preventative measures save time, money, and pain associated with invasive procedures. If you’re an adult looking to enhance your smile and obtain optimal oral health, traditional braces are an affordable option.
Another factor related to saving big bucks on necessary treatment is insurance coverage. If medically indicated, the cost of traditional braces is often covered by most insurance companies.
Traditional braces, unlike their alternative colleagues, can be applied even in severe or complex cases. They target different types and degrees of malocclusions. If you do not qualify for aligners or other orthodontic treatments of your choice because of the intensity of your condition, our dentist will recommend traditional braces to straighten you out.
Traditional metal braces cannot be removed, so they have to be designed in a strong and durable way. They will survive your active lifestyle and other environmental factors that place pressure on your teeth.
How to take care of your braces?
Our outstanding team of experts at Kelly Road Dental Care in Roseville, MI, is highly dedicated to serving our community in the best way possible. That includes taking care of our patients’ needs and struggles and guiding them throughout the teeth alignment process. We know that any level of discomfort or pain may be troubling, and we strive to ensure your safety and well-being are achieved at all times, even when you leave our office. We will provide you with tips and tricks to minimize your initial discomfort when you first start wearing your new braces. The care at home is as critical as the one we offer on the dentist’s chair.
How to get the most out of your “bracing” experience?
- Treat your teeth with exceptional care. Follow all guidelines related to dental hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing daily. To maintain excellent oral health, get rid of all the trapped food in your braces that may contribute to further dental issues.
- Unfortunately, certain food restrictions are necessary when wearing traditional braces. Avoid tough and chewy foods since those can damage the wires and brackets on your braces, ultimately delaying your teeth straightening process and costing you more bucks. For more protection, get a mouthguard if you engage in contact sports.
- If you suspect damage to your braces, do not attempt to fix it at home. Contact our staff right away so you can get help.
- Follow up for all necessary appointments.