What’s the right age for braces?
Ideally, children should see a pediatric orthodontist when they’re seven. However, the American Association of Orthodontists indicates you can take your child to an orthodontist sooner if you notice they have an overbite or underbite or lack space for new teeth.
Why do kids need braces?
As people age, their teeth and mouth tissues harden into place, making it harder to move misaligned teeth. Using braces to treat children makes it easier to realign their teeth.
What are the possible benefits of braces for my child?
Having straight teeth makes it easier for teeth to perform crucial tasks. People use their teeth to chew food, which can be challenging if they have gaps or crooked teeth. Children with straight teeth can chew more effectively, reducing the risk of choking on food.
Benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment
Early treatment prevents some of the damage when misaligned teeth are left untreated. Early treatment can prevent children from grinding their teeth. Treating orthodontic issues earlier is often quicker because they haven’t fully developed.
Straightening teeth with braces can also prevent tooth decay. It’s easier for children to care for straight teeth, so using braces to straighten teeth can improve your child’s oral health.
People also use their teeth to speak. Misaligned teeth can contribute to speech issues, which can frustrate children.