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.
At The Best Braces, we are here to take care of all your orthodontic needs. We know that it can be a little overwhelming when your dentist refers you or your child to our office for an evaluation. Orthodontic treatment doesn’t just can make a huge impact on you or your loved one’s self-esteem by giving you beautiful straight teeth to show off. In many cases, you are creating a healthier environment for your teeth to prevent potentially expensive decay issues. We have answered three of the most popular questions that we get when it comes to orthodontic care.
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.
Years ago, it was common to wait to receive any orthodontic treatment until all of the baby teeth were out of the mouth and the adult teeth had grown in. Now, it is common for a child’s teeth and jaw to be evaluated while the baby teeth remain. Intervention at this stage can modify the way teeth grow, which in turn can reduce the length of time that braces may be needed in the future. The jaw is corrected when a child is young, and the permanent teeth grow in straighter when they become older.
Dental check ups in children should begin as soon as their teeth erupt, but they should begin consultations with an orthodontist no later than the age of 7 or 8. Orthodontic treatments usually begin between the ages of 9 and 14, when permanent teeth are still growing and developing and issues related to their growth can be fixed on time.