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What to know about early orthodontic treatment and braces for kids

When is the best time to have your first visit to an orthodontics office? It is highly recommended to see an orthodontist by the age of 7 so that you can have an early evaluation done on your teeth and mouth. An orthodontist can carefully monitor the growth and development of a patient’s mouth and, if necessary, begin treatment.

Here are a few benefits to early orthodontic treatment:

1. Improves the relationship between the upper and lower jaws so that the teeth will be in a more ideal biting position

2. Connects the orthodontic treatment with the child’s own growth – what better way to help someone’s teeth grow and develop properly than by connecting it with the natural growth already occurring?

3. Uses the naturally pliable bone – when a child is growing and developing, their bones are more pliable and it is much easier to move teeth

4. Improves self-esteem – as a child is growing into their body and developing confidence and self-esteem, having a better smile and facial appearance can be critical to feeling better about themselves

Shutterstock 5147340525. Helps reduce the chance of having to remove teeth later – with more work done earlier, and the teeth and jaw being taken care of before they can develop some sort of problem, a good orthodontist can make it less likely for there to be problems in the future

6. Reduces the length of time wearing braces as the child gets older – by addressing many of the issues at an earlier age, the amount of work needed when the child enters their teens can be reduced.

What about braces?

Braces are an important part of life for many kids. They have to keep the braces on for a long time, for 1 to 3 years at a time. Choose the right type of braces and get the process rolling at the right time to ensure a great smile for life.

Here is some important information for parents:

What Age Can Kids Get Braces?

The best age for braces can vary anywhere between 8 to 14 years depending on the reason for the orthodontic treatment. This is when kids already have permanent teeth but they are still growing and the narrow jaws are much easier to correct at this younger age.

It’s good to have an orthodontist review the development of your child’s teeth and jaws. You might not be able to recognize any problems with your child’s teeth, but a trained orthodontist can easily spot problems that are otherwise invisible. It is important to get an expert’s opinion.

How To Tell If Your Kids Need Braces?

These are some of the things you should look for:

Jaws that protrude or are recessed
Biting the cheeks
Breathing from the mouth
Thumb (removed word incessant) sucking
Crowded or misplaced teeth
Irregular or untimely loss of baby teeth
Problems in chewing or biting
Teeth that meet abnormally or are out of proportion

If you see any of these problems earlier than age 8 then don’t wait; take bring your child in to see one of our certified orthodontists asap!

Steps to Getting Braces

The procedure for getting braces takes about 1 to 2 hours long.
Arrive on time for your appointment and make sure your child has brushed and flossed their teeth. The process for getting braces isn’t as painful or difficult as it may have been when you were young. Once the orthodontist has completed the procedure, your child will be back to being his or her normal self within a few days.

First Few Days After Braces

It may be a little sensitive or just plain weird for your child the first few days. Make sure that your child sticks to soft foods the first day or two. These include soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, milkshakes, scrambled eggs, Mac and cheese etc. You don’t need to put them on a strict diet just make sure that anything they eat is soft and doesn’t need to be chewed too much. This means no candy, pop corn, gum or sugary juices. And always have them brush after their meals.

Also ensure that your child avoids acidic foods and drinks like citrus juices or tomato sauce because they may end up irritating the mouth sores, if there are any. Mouth sores can be caused by your child unintentionally biting the inside of their cheek. Once the mouth toughens up a bit, usually in a few weeks, these mouth sores will usually resolve on their own.

If you are concerned about your child’s dental development, and you want to find the best orthodontist in South Surrey, come and talk to the trained professionals at Maduke Bulat. We’re experts in orthodontics for children and we can answer any questions you might have.

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