Your smile deserves the very best, so when your child’s teeth come in crooked or misaligned you may be wondering whether or not they could benefit from braces. If you are on the fence about getting orthodontics for your child or teen, the team at Alamo Kids Dental can provide you with the information you need to decide whether braces are appropriate.
What is the purpose of braces?
Braces do more than just straighten teeth; they also correct bites to make your child’s mouth more functional. Crooked and misaligned teeth can put additional pressure on certain teeth and also make it more challenging to keep teeth clean. By straightening little smiles, your child can chew properly and comfortably without any issues. A straighter smile is a healthier smile, and this is our top priority!
When should my child be evaluated?
Wondering if your child’s teeth may benefit from braces or whether teeth will simply straighten out as their mouth continue to develop? This is something that our dental team can determine when you bring your child in for an evaluation.
The best time for an orthodontic evaluation is age 7. We know this might sound a little young, but this is the perfect time to examine both your child’s permanent and baby teeth and monitor how their jaws are developing. If your child is older than 7 years old, don’t fear that you’re too late. The majority of our patients don’t actually get braces until between the ages of 9 and 16, so there is time.
Shouldn’t we wait until all permanent teeth erupt?
It might seem like you should wait until all of your child’s permanent teeth come in before your child is evaluated by an orthodontist, but you shouldn’t wait too late. By examining your child’s teeth when it’s a mix of permanent and baby teeth we can make correcting misaligned and crooked smiles much easier. It’s much easier to fix these problems while your child’s face and jaw are still developing.