All teeth do not grow straight, and that’s the basic reason why some kids need braces. Of course children get braces for a variety of different reasons. Most fall under the malocclusion, or improper bites, category which can result in a difference in the size of the top and bottom of the jaw, and more commonly is known as an underbite, overbite, or crossbite. Children may also need braces for crooked or crowded teeth, missing or extra teeth, or incorrect jaw position.
Dentists and Orthodontists
Usually your dentist will notice issues during a routine exam and may recommend at visit to an orthodontist, who is dentist who specializes in in correcting tech and jaw alignment. Orthodontists are specialized dentists who have two to three years of further training after dental school.
What To Look Out For
Some other thing to look out for to see if a child may be ready to see an orthodontist include: difficulty chewing, thumb sucking, mouth breathing, crowded or blocked out teeth, teeth that are our out of proportion, teeth or jaws that meet abnormally or are erratic, and early or late loss of baby teeth.
How It Works
Most commonly an orthodontist will take X-rays of the child’s mouth and teeth to see if braces are needed. They will then make a mold of the child’s teeth to find out what options are the most effective. If kids neglect treatment jaw and teeth problem bay get worse over tie and led to serious problems in their teen and young adult years.
Types Of Braces
Most braces consist of wires and rubber bands. The wires are there to create steady pressure on the teeth, and the bands adjust the alignment. Working together, these bands and wires slowly straighten out the teeth and line them up in your jaw in the correct manner. Those rubber bands also come in many different colors and can be changed to the users delight. Braces themselves can come in clear and white ceramic types, and there are even types called lingual braces which go behind the teeth.
A Visit By Age Seven
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends the first visit to an orthodontist before age seven. By this age, orthodontists can usually find any problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth. Treatments usually take place between the ages of nine and fourteen for most kids. After braces have been installed, a patient usually visits the orthodontist every couple of weeks for adjustments. According to the AAO most orthodontic treatments average two years in length.
Part Of Growing Up
Braces often are part of a child’s path into adolescence or adulthood. Some children will look forward to it, and some may have hesitation about how they might look. Through getting treatment early, braces can prevent any problems from developing and provide a better atmosphere for ones’ permanent teeth grow into. By knowing more about what to expect from getting braces, children can be part of the process on making their smile more perfect and teeth straighter.
Eli Madrone writes about health, travel and food and lives in Oregon. He learned about orthodontic treatment in Klamath Falls, OR from Dr. Neil Walle at Klamath Falls Dental Specialists.