Have you recently learned that your young child needs to visit an orthodontist and you are surprised by the request? If so, you are not alone. Many years ago, it was common for children to visit the orthodontist for the first time in their late adolescent or early teenage years. Over the past years, we have learned that early orthodontic treatment is not only beneficial for oral health and straightening the teeth, but it can actually save money. Interested in learning more? Continue reading to learn about the importance of early orthodontic treatment.
Similar to your child’s first time visiting the dentist, their first orthodontic appointment can be nerve-racking and the expectations may be somewhat unclear to a new patient. At The Best Braces, we want each and every patient, no matter their age, to feel welcome and comfortable from the moment they walk through the doors. While we recommend that children visit our office for their first visit starting approximately at the age of seven, we know that we have children of every age visiting us for the first time.
Were you surprised to learn that your young child was recommended to be seen by an orthodontist during their last hygiene examination? Many years ago, it was commonplace not to visit the orthodontist until your teen years. Many still have this same notion today due to life experience and the depiction of braces-wearing teens on television and movies. Today, our suggestion is for children to visit our office around the age of seven. During your child’s first visit, we are able to determine if treatment should be started.
Are you considering braces for yourself or a loved one? If so, you might be wondering when is a good time to visit the orthodontist. The easiest answer is whenever you have a question about your bite, or alignment of the teeth. However, the answer truly is more complicated than that. There are times, especially for young children, when bite and jaw issues aren’t as obvious as when children enter adolescence or even adulthood. We also hear from adults interested in orthodontic care who feel like they are too old to visit us for a consultation.
Why Does My Young Child Need an Appointment? Was your young child referred to our office by your dentist and you are curious as to why? For many adults today, the association when thinking about orthodontic treatment would most likely have you thinking of a teenager. Therefore, you might be surprised when your seven or…
Are you looking to straighten your teeth, but feel like you never have time and are always in a rush? Or are you interested in starting orthodontic treatment, but your busy schedule is unpredictable and it keeps you from scheduling appointments in advance? We know that many of our patients lead busy lives. Between work, school responsibilities, extracurricular activities for kids, plans with friends and family, and much more it can seem like there is never time to put yourself first. It can be hard to fit anything else into your schedule, let alone an orthodontic treatment plan to straighten your teeth. We never want our patients to feel like they can’t get the orthodontic treatment they need. This is why we are proud to share about the ability to schedule same-day braces!
In a perfect world, once orthodontic treatment begins, everything will progress swimmingly and there will be no issues. Unfortunately, if we have learned anything from this past year, things can change quickly, and it is important to be prepared if you or your loved ones find themselves with an orthodontic emergency.
Are you or a loved one getting braces for the first time? It can be a bit nerve-wracking not knowing what to expect. Getting braces is a unique experience and will take some getting used to over the first few days and weeks after treatment has started.
There is no greater feeling than running your tongue over your beautiful, straight teeth after your braces are removed and then taking the first peek in the mirror. Over time, the novelty of that feeling fades, and your straight teeth become a regular part of your appearance that you become accustomed to seeing.
It’s not uncommon for children to have some form of speech defect or impediment from when they begin babbling in infancy through the toddler years. Most children reach developmental milestones and outgrow these issues, while there is a percentage who continue to display concerning speech delays. The concept of speech is a complex process where many issues can come into play. Speech can be impacted by a multitude of body and development functions such as hearing issues, nerve and muscle control, the brain’s processing ability, and birth defects, not to mention the tongue, lips, vocal cords, nasal cavity, and the placement of teeth and jaw bones.