The Benefits Of Early Orthodontic Treatment Has your seven- or eight-year-old been recommended for an orthodontic consultation or treatment, and you are concerned that they are too young for treatment? Gone are the days when orthodontic treatment was only for teenagers. Walk into any elementary school, and you will see plenty of children already wearing…
Has it been recommended that you take your child to be evaluated at an orthodontist, and you are surprised because of their age? Long gone are the days when only teenagers and adults received orthodontic care. With the advancements in orthodontic treatment and technology, we have learned that children benefit most from being evaluated and starting treatment at the age of 7. We also think it’s important to note that not every child who visits our office for an evaluation will need to start treatment immediately. Some may need treatment now, while we might monitor others to determine whether they will need treatment at a later time.
Now that we are in October, hopefully you and your family are in a routine to get the kids out the door bright and early for school. During those first few weeks, everyone is feeling a certain level of excitement, and it’s a little easier to get everybody ready. As the year moves along, it typically gets harder and harder to find that same motivation from the beginning of the school year. This is especially true if you pack lunch for your child. It can be even more difficult if your child has braces and you are trying to follow the guidelines of their food restrictions. We know it can also be challenging for your child to make wise decisions when ordering school lunch from the cafeteria. It can be tempting to choose restricted food items. We would hate for your child to experience an orthodontic emergency during school due to making an incorrect food choice and damaging their hardware.
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.