The Wonderful Evolution of Braces
Braces have evolved beautifully through the years. While many of us tried our best to hide mouths full of metal when we were young, today’s child benefits from a subtler option to brighten their smile.
Modern-day braces are smaller and more discreet than the braces most of us grew up with, with tiny brackets connecting to the teeth and wires attached to the brackets that gently pull the teeth back into alignment. These brackets can even be near-invisible to the average observer. In some cases, Orthodontists can attach the brackets behind the teeth for an even subtler corrective option.
When Should I Get My Child’s Teeth Checked?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that parents bring their child in for an examination around seven years of age to assess for teeth spacing, any possible teeth crowding or misaligned teeth, and to ensure proper jaw alignment and bite pattern.
This early age of detection allows for less invasive options for correction, avoiding the more drastic measures of surgery to correct a major issue left undetected. This also allows orthodontists to track the teeth and any changes that may occur in bite patterns. Although few children need treatment as young as seven, assessment at this age provides parents with the knowledge and peace of mind for what may be to come for future visits.
Ensuring My Child’s Oral Health
Here are simple steps to follow in prioritizing your child’s oral wellbeing:
- Make an appointment with us when your child turns seven years old (an initial appointment may take several months before your child is able to get in for an appointment so plan ahead)
- Bring in a written list of any questions or concerns you have about your child’s teeth, jaw, and gums, leaving room on the page to jot down the professional’s responses to these issues
- Take the steps recommended by your orthodontist
- If your orthodontist recommends braces in a year or two, discuss this with your child’s other parent and make a plan for these future expenses. This will help prepare you and your child for the process.
The key is to catch any potential issue early, so it won’t have time to develop into a more serious matter. This will likely save you and your child money and grief in the future. Embrace your child’s oral health today contact us to request an appointment!