AT WHAT AGE SHOULD MY CHILD GET BRACES IF THEIR TEETH ARE CROOKED?

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD MY CHILD GET BRACES IF THEIR TEETH ARE CROOKED?

A lot of parents wonder the same things when it comes to fixing their child’s crooked teeth:

  • When should I take my son to the orthodontist for the first time?
  • What is the best age for my child to see the orthodontist?
  • Is there a “right” age when an orthodontist should start fixing my daughter’s crooked teeth?
  • How long should I wait to take my son to the orthodontist for braces?

WHEN IS THE BEST AGE FOR A CHILD TO GET BRACES FOR CROOKED TEETH? WHAT AGE DO ORTHODONTISTS RECOMMEND?

Put simply, a “right” or a “best” age doesn’t exist for a child’s first trip to the orthodontist office. Rather, keep an eye on your child’s teeth and bite alignment. Keep an eye on changes that you may see over time, but don’t wait too long if you suspect that something just isn’t right. Call the orthodontist for an appointment.

If your young daughter or son has misalignment issues or crooked teeth, he or she can most likely benefit from braces. An orthodontist will be able to determine which type of braces are best for your child’s specific needs.

All in all, there isn’t a definitive answer regarding age. However, many orthodontists recommend taking your child to his or her first orthodontic appointment around the age of 7 OR at the first sign of orthodontic problems.

Remember when we just told you about keeping an eye on your child’s teeth and bite alignment? Do that. If you see crowding issues, bite alignment issues, crooked teeth, overbite, underbite, or protruding teeth, schedule your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation as soon as possible.

Some kids start orthodontic treatment at 6 years of age, whereas others start at 10 years of age. Some say that 10-14 years of age is the ideal time to start with orthodontic braces since the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more conducive to straightening ”

Keep in mind that every child is different though. Every child’s mouth doesn’t develop the same way.

However, around the age of 7, common orthodontic issues become visible.

Just remember — keep an eye out for potential oral problems and call your pediatric dentist or orthodontist depending on the type of dental problem your child is experiencing.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CHILD’S FIRST ORTHODONTIST APPOINTMENT

Your child’s first orthodontic appointment is an important one. He or she will get to know the orthodontist and other team members. The introductions should go smoothly and your child should feel comfortable asking questions.

He or she shouldn’t feel afraid or scared, but if this happens, the orthodontist should be trained and experienced to effectively handle the child’s emotions. Here are some things to expect for the first appointment:

  • The first appointment probably won’t last too long, but you and your child will receive a lot of great information, as well as sharing health-related information with the doctor. The orthodontist will need to know your child’s health history by completing the new patient paperwork.
  • The orthodontist will perform an evaluation of your child’s mouth— the teeth, gums, the bite, the jaw, etc. X-rays and/or impressions may also be taken. He or she will make notes in your child’s chart as to the extent of orthodontic issues. These notes will be used to develop a treatment plan to straighten your child’s teeth.
  • The orthodontist will look for signs of decay and other dental issues. If there are dental issues that your child’s pediatric dentist should fix before orthodontic treatment, that will be discussed with the parents.

You and your child should feel comfortable asking questions during this first appointment. If you or your child doesn’t feel comfortable, maybe the orthodontist isn’t the right one for your family.

Just so you understand a bit more clearly, this first appointment kind of sets the tone for the rest of the appointments. That’s why it’s very important that your child feels comfortable and at ease right from the start. This will help to develop a healthy foundation for all future orthodontic appointments.

Hacks and Tricks for Braces

If you’ve always dreamed of having a beautiful smile, braces are the most effective way of achieving your very own. From traditional metal braces to Invisalign, there are a variety of options to fit your budget and your preferences. Today’s braces are both affordable and virtually painless, but there are a few things to keep in mind when undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, including the importance of brushing and flossing multiple times a day, and avoiding sticky and sugary foods as much as possible. Here are our tips and tricks for getting the most out of life while wearing braces.

What Can I Eat with Braces?

Many of the foods you were once able to enjoy without braces can also be eaten with braces, but there are a few types of foods that it’s best to avoid.

FOODS TO AVOID WITH BRACES

Hard and crunchy foods are best avoided as often as possible to prevent the loosening of wires or the breaking of brackets. These types of foods can cause damage to braces that can only be repaired with a trip to the dentist. Some hard and crunchy foods to avoid with braces include:

  • Apples
  • Bagels (Unheated)
  • Carrots (Raw)
  • Chips
  • Corn-on-the-Cob
  • French Bread
  • Ice
  • Hard Taco Shells

It’s also recommended that individuals who wear braces avoid sticky and sugary foods that can attach to brackets and wires and cause significant damage. This includes candy, caramel, sodas and other sugary drinks, cake, ice cream, and other desserts.

How Do I Get Rid of Pain or Soreness from Braces?

While most people do not experience pain from wearing braces, there are exceptions. You may experience occasional mild soreness due to the movement of teeth below and above the gum line which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers or a warm saltwater mouth rinse.

What Do I Do if My Braces Break?

If your braces are damaged from food or if your brackets or wires become loose, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. However, there is a temporary fix that can prevent permanent and lasting damage. Simply affix a small amount of orthodontic wax to the area until you can make an appointment with your orthodontist to have them repaired.

How Do I Floss with Braces?

The easiest way to floss with braces is by using a Waterpik or other similar device that uses water pressure to remove food particles and tartar to prevent plaque buildup which can lead to cavities, gingivitis, tooth loss, and more. The Waterpik system is great for anyone concerned about their oral health, but especially for children who need additional supervision during brushing or adults and adolescents with braces who have trouble using traditional floss.

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