To some children, braces are the ultimate punishment. Often the topic of ridicule from mean-spirited children, braces can garner unkind names, such as “metal mouth” or “brace face.”
While these potential nicknames may make the move to braces hard for some, other kids can’t wait to get braces to straighten their teeth. Whatever opinion your child has about braces, it is best to know the facts.
We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions and answers to help you and your child be better prepared for braces.
Q: At what age should I take my child to the orthodontist?
The ideal time for braces is 10 to 14 years of age, while a child’s face and mouth are still growing. Keep in mind that this age varies case by case, so talk to your dentist to get the best recommendation.
Q: What causes the need for braces?
Some orthodontic problems are genetic while others develop over time due to thumb sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, accidents or poor nutrition.
Q: Will braces be tight and painful for my child?
Having braces is like breaking in a new pair of shoes. After a short period of adjustment, braces are usually quite comfortable.
Q: How long will my child have braces?
The time of treatment depends on the severity of the issue. Overbites and underbites generally take longer to correct than simply straightening teeth. At your child’s first orthodontic visit, your orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate time frame.
Braces are a great way to give your child the smile and confidence they need to make it through the bumpy high school years. If you think your child might benefit from braces, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss options.
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