Many parents ask how for tips to be able to tell if their children may have the need for braces and how soon that will need to be taken care of.
The answer is that there are many reasons to why a child may benefit from having braces and the sooner the better. Your child should be starting to see a dentist around the time the first tooth starts to come in. Around 6 months to a year would be the limit. Problems are most effectively treated in the early stages even in the stages of baby teeth. Other times it is best to hold off until those baby teeth have come out, around the age of 10-13. If your children have already been visiting the dentist regularly, then your dentist will already be able to determine wether it is time to intervene or give a full check up to determine the need for braces.
Here are some early signs that your child could positively benefit from getting braces:
- Having difficulty in biting down or chewing
- Misplaced, blocked out, or crowding teeth visible
- If their jaw shifts or makes sounds
- Later, early, or unexplained loss of those baby teeth
- Biting of the roof of the mouth or cheeks
- Teeth that you notice meeting abnormally or having large gaps
- If the jaw or teeth are not in proportion to the dimensions of the face
A question that often gets asked is at what age should a child be recommended for orthodontic care. The answer to that question is that the evaluation of development and growth of the jaw and the treatment of many bite problems can begin at many stages of the dental development. Depending on the issues at hand, the risks or benefits of treatment or worse, not treating are reliant on the interests or ability of your practitioner.
Even at an age as young as 6, children can often wait until all the baby teeth have come out and the adult teeth are starting to come into place. Your childs dentist will help you decide the best time for testing and treatment. It is most often recommended to visit an orthodontist no later than the age of 7.
The most beneficial age to be fitted with braces varies from patient. Orthodontic treatment is often begun between the age of 8 and 14. Many problems are best addressed while their permanent teeth are still growing in. To find out more about the right time to decide about braces, contact Barrhaven Dental or visit http://barrhavenbrightsmiledental.com/ to find out more.