When is the optimal time to get braces? You may associate having braces with being a teenager, but you also may be noticing more and more children between the ages of nine and fourteen with braces. That's because modern dentistry has found that orthodontic treatment that is begun while your child is still growing may produce the best results.
If you have a child near the age of seven, it may be time to bring them in for an orthodontic evaluation. This is the optimal time to review their mix of adult and baby teeth to spot any problems with emerging teeth, jaw growth, or bite. Dr. Reese will be able to create a treatment plan that suits your needs and budget.
Why should you be concerned about your child having braces?
You may be wondering, what's the point of braces? But the benefits of orthodontics are endless, and can be very important both physically and emotionally. Physically, crooked and crowded teeth are hard to take care of and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and possibly tooth loss. Bad bites can also cause difficulty in speaking and chewing, abnormal wear on tooth surfaces, and can lead to problems with bones, joints, and gum tissue.
Crooked teeth can also affect child name's self-esteem and could grow up feeling bad about his/her smile. Your child may begin to hide behind frowns or clenched lips, but if you correct your child name's smile, you can give them a boost of confidence for a lifetime!
Today's braces can be as unnoticeable--or noticeable--as you and your child want them to be. The brackets-part of the braces that attach to each tooth are smaller now and can sometimes be attached to the back surface of the tooth. They can be clear, tooth-colored, or come in a variety of fun shapes and sizes. In some cases, treatment may be done without using braces at all-by using a series of clear plastic, removable mouthpiece-like aligners. Read more about braces vs. Invisalign.
Orthodontic treatment today is more affordable than ever and we can create payment plans that work within your family's budget. Please contact our office today at 317-882-0228 to arrange an orthodontic evaluation for your child. It will be one of the most important things you can do for his or her future!