Dental Tips Blog

Sep
12

At What Age Should Kids Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

Some kids love the idea of getting braces. Others hate it.

But how do you know if your child is really ready for braces? Or if braces are even needed in the first place?

First Evaluation By Age 7

Dentists and orthodontists agree that getting your kid in for an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7 is best.

At this point in your child’s development, he or she will have a nice mix of both adult and baby teeth. This is the best time for an orthodontist to detect potential problems and intervene to keep them from getting worse.

The recommended age for getting braces varies according to individual needs. Your child’s first orthodontic evaluation is when you’ll find out whether or not treatment is in their future.

When to Put Braces On

Ages 10-14 are good years for getting braces. Orthodontic treatment tends to be most effective if done while the jaw is still developing. Teeth respond well to the pressure of braces and retainers while the bone around them is still dynamic and young.

Of course, this doesn’t mean your kid can’t have braces if he or she is older or younger than that range. A lot depends on your child’s maturity, comfort levels, and how badly their teeth are misaligned.

In general, the sooner treatment is finished in younger years, the sooner the braces can come off in the teen years.

See Your Dentist When in Doubt

Can’t tell whether your child’s teeth are coming in normally? Not sure if your child is old enough for braces? Need a recommendation for a good orthodontist in your area?

Get started by visiting your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

Jan
29

Braces for Kids Are a Waste of Money . . . Aren’t They?

Posted in Orthodontics

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:

  • Beautiful teeth
  • A comfortable, functional bite
  • Stain- and disease-resistant teeth

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
213-234-3030

Nov
8

Why Should My Child See an Orthodontist By Age 7?

Posted in Orthodontics

You’ve probably heard this more than once from your child’s dentist. Today’s kids are advised to be seen by an orthodontic specialist by that golden age of 7.

Why is this so important?

What Happens At Age 7

Granted, every child develops at a unique rate. No two kids will lose their teeth on exactly the same schedule. Still, most children have lost several baby teeth by the time they turn seven. It’s typical for kids to have a nice “mixed dentition” (a combination of both primary and permanent teeth) at this point.

When there is a mix of teeth of different ages, an orthodontist can get a really good idea of your child’s smile development. He or she may be able to determine whether or not early orthodontic treatment is necessary, if at all.

What if your child hasn’t lost any baby teeth by the time they turn 7?

Some kids are late-bloomers and you should have a dentist check your child’s teeth with x-rays to see where the adult teeth are at. But you may not have to worry about an orthodontic evaluation, just yet!

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Another benefit to visiting the orthodontist while your child is young is that you’ll have time on your side. If any treatment is recommended, starting it as soon as possible will limit the amount needed later when your child becomes a teen.

Early treatment may include special retainers and space maintainers or separators to encourage proper growth. This can prevent the adult teeth from crowding together too closely as they come in.

Talk with your child’s dentist for more information on scheduling an orthodontic assessment.

Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
213-234-3030

Jan
7

At What Age Should My Kid Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

In actuality, there’s no set age for kids to start orthodontic treatment.

However, most orthodontists would agree that kids should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. What makes this age so important?

Phase I and II Treatment

Treatment for straightening teeth is usually broken up into two parts for kids: Phase I and Phase II. In Phase I, the orthodontist will provide treatment geared towards creating space in the mouth for adult teeth.

At around 6-8 years of age, kids can expect to have a fun mix of adult and baby teeth in their mouth. It’s a good time to take a routine x-ray to make sure all the adult teeth are present and developing properly. It’s also a good time for the orthodontist to gauge what sort of help is necessary to correct any developing problems.

Spacers are often recommended during Phase I therapy. This will help prepare the mouth for Phase II.

Phase II concentrates on coaching the teeth themselves into proper alignment with braces. Don’t worry – just because your little one has a mixed bunch of teeth right now doesn’t mean they need braces right away!

Prepare Now!

Whether your child will need braces or not, they’re going to benefit the most from a diligent oral hygiene routine. Get them brushing and flossing on their own as soon as you can and help them make this a daily habit.

If your child needs braces later on, he or she will be ready to make treatment a success! Talk with your child’s dentist for more information on when to have an orthodontic evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

Sep
20

Won’t My Kid’s Teeth Straighten Out By Themselves?

Posted in Braces

Like a lot of parents, you may worry that orthodontic treatment is:

  • “Unnatural”
  • Damaging to bone and tooth roots
  • Expensive

Whatever the reason, many folks are turned away from the idea of braces. They pin their hopes on the imagined chance that their children’s teeth will gradually and naturally straight out.

Is there any basis for this reasoning?

Normal Tooth Spacing is Age-Dependent

As the adult take over the places baby teeth once rested in, things get a little messy!

Permanent teeth grow in as the jaw expands. Some adult teeth come in before the baby teeth are out of the way. All of this change leads to some overlapping and big gaps.

For instance, the bottom front teeth often erupt towards the tongue. This can be a little alarming, but these teeth actually should straighten out on their own.

If most teeth can naturally even out, at what point are braces necessary?

Early Ortho Evaluations Save Smiles!

It’s a good idea for kids to visit an orthodontist by around the age of 7. This is a great time for the dentist to see how tooth development is progressing and anticipate how severe problems can be. At this point, a crooked bite is likely due to problems that just cannot correct themselves. Early treatment will focus on making sure that there is enough space in the mouth for all the adult teeth.

By getting orthodontic treatment as soon as possible, your child can avoid having more complicated treatment down the road. A healthy adult smile begins by correcting problems now!

Talk with your dentist for more information on why and when braces might be necessary for your child.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Apr
8

Does My Child Need Braces?

Posted in Orthodontics

As your child gets older, you’ve probably wondered whether or not they are going to need braces. Watching their primary teeth slowly loosen, fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth, the changing appearance may make it seem like their smile needs are more severe than they really are.

Dental professionals recommend having an orthodontic evaluation on all children by their 7th birthday. At this point they are beginning to lose several teeth, but some more complicated orthodontic concerns can be avoided. For instance, interceptive orthodontics like space maintainers or palatal expanders can prevent impacted permanent teeth that might require more extensive treatment if early intervention wasn’t used.

Some orthodontic problems may be more obvious to you as a parent, for example: if the child has a severe overbite, smaller jaw or crowding that they seemed to inherit from one of their parents. Other problems might be more difficult to notice, such as improper spacing, missing adult teeth, or developmental anomalies only visible on a radiograph.

Thankfully no matter how mild or severe your child’s bite needs may be, there’s an orthodontic method that can help correct those needs. Treatments may take only a few months to achieve or could span over several years. Getting early care can help avoid some of the complications that arise from missing, displaced or impacted teeth before extensive treatments are needed.

Your primary dentist or an orthodontic specialist can assess your child’s bite. If your child is already 7 years of age or you have concerns about how their teeth are biting together, ask for their quick, simple bite analysis during their next dental check-up.

Posted on behalf of:
Windermere Orthodontics
3120 Mathis Airport Pkwy #106
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-1929

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