IS ORTHODONTICS RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?

You want the best for your child. If you couldn’t get braces growing up, you’re likely concerned about making sure that your own son or daughter’s smile gets the attention that it deserves. For some, this means seeing an orthodontist.

How do you know if your child is ready for orthodontic treatment?

Your Child's Age

Your child’s age will play a significant part on the type of appliances that work best for his or her smile.

Some of the things we will need to take into account are:

  • The development of your child’s jaws
  • How many primary (baby) teeth remain
  • Development and location of permanent (adult) teeth
  • Speech concerns
  • Past dental injuries (such as broken teeth)
  • Thumb/finger sucking habits
  • Premature tooth loss
  • Hereditary conditions that affect the teeth

The American Association of Orthodontists generally recommends performing an orthodontic evaluation on children by their 7th birthday.

Current Oral Health

It’s vital that your child have healthy teeth before starting any type of orthodontic treatment. Putting braces on a child with active tooth decay or poor oral hygiene is never a good idea. Your family dentist will need to fill active cavities before we can start treatment; and see your child for routine check-ups every six months through their course of therapy.

As a parent, it’s important that you help your child to clean around their braces. Depending on his or her dexterity and age, they may not be able to fully remove all the areas of plaque that collect throughout the day.

Compliancy With Treatment

Will your child be able to follow proper home care instructions and avoid harmful foods that could break their braces? There’s a certain level of discipline and maturity that comes with getting braces. Most children will be proud to sport their new appliances and care for them, but it’s something that you need to take into consideration.

Types Of Braces For Kids

Depending on what your child’s bite needs are, we will recommend an appropriate type of treatment or braces to help correct or intervene in a way that reduces the need for more complex treatment later.

Some examples include:

  • Phase I / Early Intervention
  • Growth Modification
  • Space Maintainers
  • Conventional Braces
  • Palatal Expanders
  • Herbst Appliances

Serious Aesthetic Or Speech Concerns

How your child’s teeth are aligned can significantly impact his or her self-confidence and how they speak. Children with teeth that are jetted-out may feel that they get made fun of, not to mention be at an increased risk of dental injuries (due to bumping and fracturing the teeth that stick out.)

For a young person, feeling self-conscious about your teeth is a huge concern. Getting braces can transform a child’s confidence and social life.

Contact our office today to schedule a complimentary orthodontic evaluation for your child.

“When you have a special needs child, and you have a hard time finding an Orthodontist that is not a two hour car trip away, you really worry about who you send your child to. My son is always happy when he leaves Dr. Hopke. This Orthodontist is the most patient person I have ever met, and is willing to take his time and work as long as kiddo is willing to go. I am so pleased to find a good practitioner a few minutes from my house.”
KATHERINE K.

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