With some children, it’s clear to see they will need braces as soon as the permanent teeth come in on top of each other or at an awkward angle. Other children develop orthodontic issues due to an illness, injury, or oral habit such as thumb sucking or pacifier use. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents to schedule an orthodontic evaluation around age seven if they have any concerns about future care. Some indications that your child may need braces include:
Breathing through the mouth
Crooked or crowded teeth
Difficulty chewing or biting
Irregular intersection of teeth
Large gap between teeth
One or more protruding teeth
Speech is hard to understand
Thumb sucking past age five
What to Expect from Pediatric Orthodontic Treatment
If your child receives traditional braces, an orthodontist adheres brackets and wires to his or her teeth with a bonding agent. Your child may have the opportunity to choose different colored brackets or clear brackets to make the treatment less visible to others.
Invisalign is another option that involves wearing a customized clear plastic retainer. An orthodontist provides your child with a set of Invisalign trays that he or she exchanges for a new one about once every two weeks. Both types of orthodontic treatment place continuous pressure on your child’s teeth until they move into the desired position.
Length of Orthodontic Treatment
Your child’s orthodontic treatment includes wearing traditional braces or Invisalign retainers followed by a typical retainer. The total time can vary considerably and averages between one and three years. The severity of orthodontic problems, method of treatment, and your child’s age are just some of the individual factors that determine treatment time.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
During your child’s first appointment with an orthodontist, Dr. Younis will evaluate the teeth and decide if pursuing orthodontic treatment would be helpful. If so, he will present your options and make a recommendation. Schedule your free by clicking here.