Children are often teased for circumstances out of their control such as braces. Some parents are hesitant to get their children the proper care for fear that their child will be a target of bullying. Other children have a very positive experience with braces. It is important to remember that even if they are teased as children, the confidence gained by braces will help them get through the even bumpier road we call High School. And really, in the days of Iron Man, how can being a “metal mouth” be a bad thing?
We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions and answers to help you and your child be better prepared for braces.
Q: What age should I take my child to the Orthodontist?
A: The ideal time for braces is between 10-14 years of age while a child’s face and mouth are still growing. Keep in mind that this age varies case-by-case, so talk to your dentist to get the best recommendation.
Q: What causes the need for braces?
A: Some orthodontic problems are genetic while others develop over time due to thumb- or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, accidents or poor nutrition.
Q: Will braces be tight and painful for my child?
A: Having braces is like breaking in a new pair of shoes. After a short period of adjustment, braces are usually quite comfortable.
Q: How long will my child have braces?
A: The time of treatment depends on the severity of the issue. Over and under-bites generally take longer to correct than simply straightening teeth. At your child’s first orthodontic visit, your orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate time frame.
If you think your child might benefit from braces, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss options!
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