What is the Best Age for Your Child to Get Orthodontic [Braces]?
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The world of orthodontics is ever-changing, and both children and adults can benefit from braces. If you’re a parent, you want the very best for your child, especially when it comes to their long-term appearance and smile. If your child’s teeth are crooked, you know how difficult it can be for them to feel confident and have the self-esteem that they truly need. In this case, it’s vital that you take a look at orthodontics and consider it for your own children as it is a way for them to improve their smile and increase their confidence levels.
What an Orthodontist Does
An orthodontist is there to help straighten your child’s teeth. They do this by using a range of different appliances, from retainers to braces. Because there are so many options available, it’s easy to pick and choose the treatment plan that is right for you, ensuring that your child is not only comfortable during the course of treatment, but that they get the best results possible. Your orthodontic team will begin the process by taking x-rays of the teeth and coming up with a solid plan that outlines your child’s needs and requirements. From there, they will be more than happy to work with your insurance so that you’re able to get the most out of the treatment process.
Why Children and Teens Can Benefit
One of the main reasons children and teens can benefit from orthodontic care is because it helps to improve their smile. If their teeth are crooked and misaligned, this is doing nothing for their confidence, and it can affect them in every part of their life. Also, some kids and teens have issues talking and eating because of severe misalignment issues, and it can even have an impact on the facial structure. Because of this, it only makes sense to consider orthodontic care when you are dealing with a child who needs braces.
The Best Age for Orthodontic Care
Many parents want to know what the best age is for their child to go to the orthodontist. For most parents, they will start orthodontic care around their child’s 10th or 11th birthday. Some parents don’t have their teens go for braces until they are closer to 15. It is entirely up to you and your child when it comes to when is the best time for them to get braces. If you’re noticing that your child is not mature enough to take care of their teeth, it might not be a good idea for them to get braces because it can have a negative impact on their smile for life. Also, if your child still has their baby teeth in, you should not get braces until all adult teeth have come in.
Your child may not necessarily want to get braces, so this comes down to you and the orthodontist to tell when it is time for them to have treatment done. If your child wants braces and is excited to get them, you can make an appointment with a local professional so that you and your child are able to come up with a solid treatment plan. There are a few things that come into play when it concerns a child getting braces and that has to do with whether or not all of their adult teeth are in and whether or not they are mature enough to care for their teeth while wearing braces. Your orthodontist will be able to help you determine the best age for when your child should get braces.
Appointments and Scheduling
It is crucial that when your child or teen gets braces that they keep every appointment they have made. This ensures proper care of the teeth and guarantees that they will get the best results possible. If your child is constantly missing appointments and not going when they are scheduled for tightening and fittings, they are going to prolong their treatment, which can be a major issue when it comes to both costs and results. It is important that you and your child has a way to get to the orthodontic office when you are scheduled for them to go and have work done. Most appointments are every month, so this is something for you to consider when you are getting this type of work done for your child.
Educating Your Child
It is important that you educate your child when it comes to ensuring they get the most out of their orthodontic care. You need to ensure that your child knows how to brush their teeth and make appointments each month because this is the only way for them to get the results that they need and want. You can also talk to the orthodontic team if you need help with teaching your child how to care for their teeth while they are wearing braces.
Fix Your Smile Today
Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics today to set up your consultation. There’s no reason to put off a visit to our helpful team of professionals. It is our goal to help you make the most of your smile.
When your teeth are aligned properly and your jaw is flowing smoothly, you will find more reasons to flash those pearly whites every day. Let Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics be your partner in good oral hygiene.
Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200, Larkspur, California 94939 415-459-8006
Dr. Jasmine Gorton, a Bay Area native, graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelor degrees in both Integrative Biology and Social Sciences and then went on to graduate from Harvard with honors for her Doctorate in Dental Medicine.
She continued her education at UCSF with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Growth and Development, followed by an Orthodontic Residency with a Master of Science in Oral Biology.