Braces for Kids and Teens
If you are a parent, you know that being a parent is a series of milestones. One of those milestones that many parents have a photo of is the day their child gets braces, and the day their child gets their braces off. While you might see this as a milestone, your kids don't. They want the months of braces wearing to be done as quickly as possible. For that reason, you should know that the earlier you can get your kids in to see us, the earlier we can begin to treat them.
In some cases, we can begin to treat children when they are seven years old. Your children should also know that even braces are made differently than they were when you were their age. Let All About Orthodontics® give you some information about braces for children and teenagers.
Why Do Kids and Teens Need Braces?
Kids or teens need braces for several reasons. Most often, kids and teens need braces to fix problems with their bites. Your child might also have to have braces if they have crooked, overcrowded, or poorly spaced teeth. Depending on the age of your child, and the problems they are having, we may be able to begin treatment early. One reason we may be able to start treatment early is that the child's teeth and their mouths are still growing. Problems with crowding, spacing, and bite patterns are easier to fix in children because children's teeth are more natural to move around. In fact, if you get treatment early enough for your child, they may not have to have invasive treatment later in their lives, and their treatment duration will be shorter.
How Do I Know When Orthodontics Might Be Necessary?
If you look at your child or your teenager, you may think you know a lot about them, and you may even think you know they need braces. However, the only way to know for sure is if you bring your child in to see us for a consultation. We can figure out if they may need orthodonture or not. There are a few signs you can look for to help you decide to call us. Did you notice your child lost his teeth early, or perhaps really late? Was your child into thumb sucking, or did they use a pacifier? Does your child snore, or when they sleep, do they breathe through their mouths. When your child eats, do you hear a snapping or popping sound? Can you see their teeth are too crowded or are they spaced really far apart? All of these signs might mean your child's teeth need our care.
What Kinds of Braces Are Available for Kids and Teens?
Braces don't look the same as they did when you were young. Your teen may be able to wear clear plastic aligners to straighten and re-space their teeth. They can choose braces with colored brackets and wires. Braces today are also less noticeable because the brackets and wires are made thinner and lighter. You can get clear braces as well. If your teenager only needs a few teeth fixed, they might be able to use lingual braces, which are cemented to the back of the teeth rather than the front of the teeth.
If you are concerned that you have a child who needs braces or a teenager who might need help with their bite, give All About Orthodontics® at 586-999-8818.