Straight teeth are healthy teeth. When your teeth are properly aligned, they are easier to keep clean with brushing and flossing and may assist in preventing other health problems. A beautiful, straight smile also helps build confidence. As a parent you may be asking yourself, how do I know if my child needs braces and if my child needs braces, when should they first see the orthodontist.
Braces or No Braces
Each child is different based on their dental needs. It’s best to consult with your dentist to determine if you should schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. Some signs that could indicate that your child needs braces include:
- Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Facial imbalance or asymmetry
- Protruding teeth
- Cheek biting or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Difficulty speaking
- Jaws that make sounds, shift, protrude or are recessed
- Mouth breathing
- Poor dental hygiene or nutrition
Ideal Age for Braces
The age at which your child gets their braces ranges between 9 to 14 years old depending on your child’s needs. The American Academy of Orthodontist (AAO) recommends children visit an orthodontist for the first time no later than age 7. Orthodontic treatment begins when your child has lost most of his or her baby teeth and most of their adult teeth have grown in. Keep in mind that timing varies with each child. AAO states that “Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above prior to age seven, don’t wait to see the orthodontist. The sooner your child can be seen by an expert, the better. Seeing the orthodontist early on allows the orthodontist to help your child identify oral health problems and address them.
Types of Braces
Orthodontic treatment options include metal braces, ceramic (clear) braces and Invisalign®. To learn more about the types of treatment available, click here.
Cost of Braces
The cost of your child’s braces varies based on the type of braces you select and the dental needs of your child, along with other factors. On average, treatment for children can range from $2000 to $7000. In most cases, dental insurance will help cover some of the cost depending on the age of your child.
If your child is experiencing any of the factors that indicate the need for braces or you just want to speak with an Orthodontist, Roseman Dental & Orthodontics (Nevada location only) can help. Schedule a free screening and consultation today.