Some children are excited about wearing braces because they view them as a sign of adolescence while others worry about what they’ll look like with it or how they’ll feel about it.
A regular visit to the dentist’s clinic will help your dentist or orthodontist to determine whether your child should get braces. There are several reasons why there’s a need for children’s braces – overcrowded, overlapping, crooked teeth or having a bad bite (malocclusion), a discrepancy in the sizes of the top and bottom jaws, among many others. In some cases, the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw; this is called an overbite. On the other hand, when the lower jaw is bigger than the upper jaw, it’s referred to as an underbite. The need for braces also arises in cases where the problem is hereditary. Commonly, the use of braces is for teeth correction and alignment.
In general, there’s no set age for your child’s first visit to the dentist. Some would say that once your child’s permanent teeth come out that’s when you should see the orthodontist. But according to experts, the ideal age to get braces is around 7 years old. This is about the same time when all of the child’s teeth have emerged. Similarly, this is also when problems in chewing, swallowing, or locking of the jaw will be most prominent. When such problems exist, the dentist will evaluate the best time to get the procedure done by taking x-rays of the mouth, casting the insides of your mouth (impression), replicating the teeth. This makes it easier for the dentist to decide on the best treatment option specific to your child’s needs.
Although there are different types of braces, children’s braces do not differ from that of adults. Most children get braces with wires and rubber bands (which come in fun colors) to help correct alignment problems. While metal braces are still available on the market, there are new forms of braces like ceramic braces (clear or white) are less noticeable and very comfortable. And they’re virtually invisible; they can be hidden and positioned behind the teeth (lingual braces). For some people, wearing a headgear is a more effective solution. Usually worn only at night, headgear braces are horseshoe-shaped device with wires that attaches to the back of the teeth, putting pressure on the front to push them behind. In some cases, the dentist would even suggest pulling out extra teeth to create more space in the mouth.
Once braces are on, your child will have to visit the dentist every so often for monitoring and proper adjustments. It may take approximately 2 years for significant results.
The problem with having braces on is proper care because it’s so easy for food to get stuck around the wires and in between the teeth. It is important to remind your child to observe and practice good oral hygiene. If you’re scouting for the best oral care center offering braces in Las Vegas, check out Simister and Leaver Orthodontics and consult with us! Please call us at 702-735-4169 with your questions.