Braces For Kids
Braces come in two varieties; metal or ceramic (tooth colored). Regardless of the choice made, both types of braces will straighten the teeth. Patients who wish to flaunt their braces, colors can be added to accentuate their appearance. Different color options and the ability to change colors provide exciting ways for patients to customize their braces.
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7 when a panoramic radiograph is typically taken to determine growth and development. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
An early examination allows a determination of how and when a child’s particular problem should be treated for maximum improvement with the least time and expense. Limited treatment measures are used to guide facial growth and tooth eruption, thereby preventing more serious problems from developing. Early intervention frequently makes the completion of treatment at a later age easier and less time consuming. In some cases, early treatment achieves results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing.
When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier you.