Whether your child is still growing in baby teeth or smiling with a mouth full of adult-size chompers, it is never too early to start thinking about braces and orthodontics. Some problems are easiest to address early on while your child still has baby teeth (ages 6-9) and others can be put on hold until baby teeth are gone and adult teeth have grown in (ages 10-13). With the help of your dentist at Park Dental, your child can get braces for the right price at the right time.
Signs Your Child Could Benefit from Braces
Trying to determine whether or not orthodontics might be right for your child? These signs can be used before your dental appointment:
- Difficulty chewing, biting, or eating
- Jaws that make sounds or shift when biting, chewing, or moving
- Teeth that don’t meet properly or do not meet at all
- Crowding, blocked teeth, or misplaced teeth
- Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Teeth or jaws that appear to be out of proportion to the rest of the face
Brace for the Benefits
By diagnosing and treating bite or teeth problems early on, your child and family will reap many short term and long-term benefits. If you missed out on dental care earlier in life, however, adults can still benefit from orthodontic solutions. Braces and other orthodontic options can be used to treat and correct crooked teeth, crowding, missing teeth, extra teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw position, and disorders of the jaw joint.
The Right Age
While you undoubtedly know people and children who have had braces at many different ages, the right age for braces varies from patient to patient. The most common time to begin orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 8 and 14. Most children in this period have at least a handful of permanent teeth and still have some growing in. While many can wait, some problems should be addressed before this age.
Ready to Embrace Braces?
When you are examining braces and orthodontic options for your child or yourself, you can trust the dental experts at Park Dental. We have many in-house dental plans for your family or yourself to make braces and treatments less financially intimidating and get you the care you need. Ready to make an appointment? Visit us online or give us a call at 301-599-0194. To see some of our dentists and get more oral hygiene tips and information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.