Orthodontic braces are designed to fix problems with the alignment of the lower and upper jaw, as well as the spacing of the teeth and more. The results can be life-changing, but it requires time and effort. Here are some of the ways that orthodontics can benefit you and your oral health.
When Does My Child Need Braces?
The American Association of Orthodontists advises all parents to have their child receive an orthodontic screening before the age of seven. At this time, it will be clear if your child has jaw alignment issues or malocclusions. It can also be determined if your child’s lower and upper jaws are not the same size. The sooner an orthodontic evaluation takes place, the quicker it can be determined if braces are necessary. Some children will have teeth that easily grow into their expanding mouths. Others will have teeth that need to be corrected.
How Long Do Braces Take?
Depending on the developmental stage of your child’s teeth, braces could be recommended in one or two phases. These phases will depend on if your child’s primary teeth are causing problems with the arrival of their permanent teeth. If this is the case, the first round of braces could happen when your child is between the ages of seven and ten. This is when their palette and jawbones are more pliable so space can be saved for their permanent teeth. The second stage may begin after the age of twelve. This is known as the traditional braces phase. This will straighten your child’s permanent teeth for optimal alignment and the best possible smile. Depending on the seriousness, the phases could last from 9 to 30 months or longer.
The Benefits of Braces
Orthodontic treatment can realign the jaw and provide a natural bite. This helps the shape of the face to appear more symmetrical and also improves oral health. It can also eliminate other dental issues such as teeth grinding and more.
Orthodontic treatment can improve the relationship between the lower and upper jaws. This will make it so teeth can come together properly. This will have a positive impact on facial features, face shape, and profile. It can even eliminate an overbite or underbite.
Teeth are made to be perfectly aligned. This is what enables correct speech. Having an incorrect bite can cause problems with speech for people of any age and can be easily corrected with proper orthodontic treatment.
Crowded or crooked teeth are more of a challenge to keep clean and maintain. This can lead to an increased risk of periodontal disease and cavities. Orthodontic treatment can help minimize these risks by aligning the teeth to an ideal position for easy cleaning.
Schedule an Appointment
Meeting with an orthodontist is the first step in making sure you and your child have everything you need to succeed in your oral health. To schedule an appointment, contact our Caledonia office by calling or filling out our online form.