When should my child get braces? Schellinck Orthodontics knows there are many reasons why a child will need braces. There is no set time to get started with braces, but certain problems are best treated as early as possible even when it is still mostly baby teeth in place (ages 6-9). Sometimes it is best to wait until most of the baby teeth have fallen out (ages 10-13). If your child is getting regular dental visits, your dentist will be able to determine when it’s time for minor intervention or a full evaluation for braces at your Walnut Creek Orthodontist.
Here are some signs that a child is likely to benefit from braces:
- Teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
What is the best age to be fitted with braces?
Schellinck Orthodontics knows the age varies for each patient. Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between ages 8 and 14. Kids in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing. Some problems, however, are best addressed early, even while mostly baby teeth are present.
What causes the need for braces?
Most orthodontic problems are genetic, things in your genetics, your space, or bite problems. Some develop over time due to thumb- or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental decay, accidents, or poor nutrition. There may not be enough room in your child’s mouth for the teeth, so they become crowed or crooked, or the jaws don’t line up properly.
What are the possible benefits of braces for my child?
Early diagnosis and successful treatment of bite problems can have both short-term and long-term benefits. Other developmental problems aren’t as critical. Indeed, even adults successfully get orthodontic care, although success is usually more predictable in a growing jaw. Any problem classified as a “bad bite” may be minimized with the proper orthodontic treatment, including:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Missing or extra teeth
- An overbite or underbite
- Incorrect jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
If you have a child and are in the Walnut Creek area please feel free to contact Dr. Martin Schellinck today for your initial consultation with the best Walnut Creek Orthodontist to see if braces are the right timing for your son or daughter.