Q: Braces are worn by a lot of kids these days. What signs should I look for to see whether my child needs braces?
A: By the age of seven, children should have seen an orthodontist. Your child’s pediatric is a fantastic resource for determining whether your child, regardless of age, should see an orthodontist. You can also schedule a direct appointment with Gavri Orthodontics.
Here are some signs that your child should consult an orthodontist:
- Baby teeth may fall out early, late, or irregularly.
- Chewing or biting is difficult.
- Breathing with your mouth
- Sucking with the thumb or a finger
- Teeth that are crowded, misaligned, or obstructed
- Jaws that move around, produce noises, protrude, or recede
- Biting one’s cheek or the roof of one’s mouth is a common habit.
- Teeth that are crooked or don’t meet properly
- Out-of-proportion jaws and teeth
Your child does not need to consult an orthodontist until the age of seven if you observe any of these issues. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) website has a lot of general information.
The best time to get braces is when you are between the ages of 12
Q: When should braces be put on?
A: The optimal age varies by patient. Because children in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing, orthodontic treatment usually begins between the ages of 9 and 14.
Crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding upper teeth, extra or missing teeth, and jaw growth disorders are all examples of hereditary orthodontic issues. When youngsters suck their thumbs or fingers, breathe through their mouths, or have poor oral hygiene, nutrition, or other difficulties, they can develop a variety of other issues over time.
Q: I know several people who wear braces, but does orthodontic treatment work as well for adults as it does for children?
A: Adults account for one out of every five orthodontic patients today. The AAO estimates that its members treat over 1 million adults in the United States and Canada. An orthodontist can relocate your teeth at any age if they’re in good shape.
Any existing issues, such as periodontal disease or worn, damaged, decaying, or missing teeth, must first be addressed. It’s critical that your orthodontist and regular dentist collaborate to ensure that you’re a good candidate for braces and that you get the best results possible.
You will be able to live a perfectly normal life once your braces have been installed. You’ll be able to sing, play an instrument, eat, kiss, and have your photo taken. Some braces are practically undetectable in today’s world.