Updated: Dec 30, 2022
Whether your child has gaps between his/her teeth, crooked teeth, or an overbite, it is important that you seek the help of an orthodontist before the problem becomes serious. An orthodontist can help identify the problem, develop a treatment plan, and speed up the treatment process. Usually however 12-14 years old is the usual treatment period, as getting braces too early may prolong the treatment duration.
During a visit, an orthodontist will assess your child's jaw, oral habits, airway, and speech. They will also check for subtle skeletal growth problems. The orthodontist can help prevent these problems by monitoring your child's growth and habits.
An orthodontist will recommend the best time to get braces for your child. This is based on several factors including your child's growth rate, the severity of the problem, and social factors.
The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist at age seven. This is because many tooth problems are best dealt with at an earlier age. Additionally age 7 is a period where tooth development can diverge among children. An expert can ascertain whether any discrepancies are legitimate dental issues or part of normal development. In addition to improving your child's smile, orthodontics can also help guide your child's jaw bones into healthy alignment.
Many parents will be referred to an orthodontist by their pediatrician or general dentist. During a visit, an orthodontist will check for jaw misalignment, overcrowding, and malocclusion. He or she will also monitor your child's breathing and speech and develop a treatment plan.
There are two main philosophies when it comes to orthodontics. The first is the interceptive approach, which involves using dental appliances in early childhood to improve your child's dental health. The second is the guided eruption approach, which guides your child's teeth into a better position.
There are many different types of braces. Some are clear or removable while others are metal.