Why is the orthodontist suddenly recommending braces for your eight-year-old? No, it’s not a joke. Some orthodontists offer an early stage of orthodontic therapy called Phase I treatment that can actually have tremendous benefits for your child’s future adult smile.
First of all, take a look at the benefits of braces for anyone:
These results are usually achieved by starting treatment when a child is in their early teens. But in some cases where the teeth already look straight a specialist can discern jaw discrepancies. An uneven jaw can lead to an uneven bite, uneven wear on the teeth, gum recession, headaches, TMJ issues, and on the list goes. If not addressed, that jaw growth may eventually require surgery.
If there is some way to head off these problems at the time the risk is perceived, then yes, your child is likely a candidate for Phase I orthodontic treatment. That would be unquestionably followed by Phase II in braces.
What About the Time Involved?
It may seem like your child is in braces longer, but two phase orthodontic treatment actually reduce the length and invasiveness of the treatment if you put braces off altogether.
The other factor to consider is how compliant your child would be. If your son or daughter has to spend their childhood avoiding the joys of bubble gum and candy apples, they may not be so cooperative about wearing braces later on.
Keep in mind that other orthodontists may have different opinions. Since most initial evaluations are free, take advantage of several to get different opinions. Talk with your general dentist to get more information. If early ortho treatment for your child really is necessary, then rest assured, it will be worth the cost!
Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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