How to know if my child needs braces

How to know if my child needs braces

How to know if my child needs braces

As a parent, one of the primary concerns we have for our children is dental care. Some children need braces and others already have received them from their orthodontist. Braces can be a nightmare for parents with the average cost being around $3, 407. So what if my child needs braces? This article will ensure that you are informed as much as possible.


Some signs that your child is likely to benefit from braces

  1. Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
  2. Difficulty in chewing or biting
  3. Crowding, misplaced, or blocked out teeth
  4. Jaws that shift or make sounds
  5. Biting the cheek or roof of the moth
  6. Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  7. Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face  Read also     Oral Health

Some indicators can be observed by the parent and others are not so easy to discover. Tooth decay is one of the biggest problems in children these days. This is why it’s very important that your child sees the dentist regularly and if needed get an orthodontist’s evaluation.

These problems also known as “bad bite” can be minimized with the proper treatment

  1. Crooked or crowded teeth
  2. Missing or extra teeth
  3. An overbite or under bite
  4. Incorrect jaw position
  5. A disorder of the jaw joint

What causes a bad bite?

Bad habits like tongue thrusting, or sucking the thumb, fingers or lower lip.  Read also  Bad bite

Going to the orthodontist

The orthodontist knows what is best for your child. He/she will conduct an exam on your child to establish the overall status your child’s teeth. He/she may also ask questions about any popping sounds or problems with chewing or swallowing. Impressions and x-rays may also be taken at this time. The orthodontist will then come up with a plan that is right for your child.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 1 in 5 new orthodontic patients is an adult, and some of these patients are in their 60s or 70s. It is never too late to get help!

3 facts you should know about braces

  1. After orthodontic treatment ends, many patients get retainers. The majority of times they will wear them for several months after braces are removed.


  1. Orthodontic treatment requires two main components: pressure and time. Most treatment last between 1 and 3 years.


  1. Braces are the treatment of choice for many patients. They are made up of thin wires, called arch wires.


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