In a perfect world, everyone would have perfect teeth. This is not a perfect world, and everyone is not blessed with a perfect set of teeth. Some individuals will need to have orthodontic work done to fix any dental irregularities they may have. A lot of parents struggle with deciding when is the right time to send the child to the orthodontist. This answer will vary from person to person, and orthodontist to orthodontist.
Dr. William Proffit (textbook author and former Professor at University of North Carolina's School of Dentistry) and the American Board of Orthodontics recommends children should visit an orthodontist by the time they are seven years old. Those children who wait until after the age of 10 have a harder time correcting growth irregularities. If a dentist decides that a child needs braces, the treatment process will begin.
Orthodontics can be:
Bonded to teeth
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, braces are typically placed on children between the ages of 9 and 14. Once the braces are placed, they may stay on anywhere between 6 and 30 months. This time-frame will vary from patient to patient.
It is necessary to brush your teeth at least three times a day if you have braces, flossing daily. To prevent bacteria buildup, which can lead to gum disease and cavities, a patient should schedule more frequent dental checkups if they have braces.
Once the braces have come off, you will be able to smile with more confidence. Confidence is important for all individuals, especially those who are younger. A healthy smile is a beautiful smile!
If you have already scheduled your first visit, visit our Patient Portal to complete your New Patient Forms