As a kids’ dentist in West Linn, Dr. Roane understands that parents have a lot of questions when it comes to deciding whether a child needs braces.
Whether through our own personal experiences or those shared by friends or family, most of us have some idea of just how significant an event getting braces are for a child.
While some of us may have lived through the experience of wearing braces, we probably don’t know of the signs that indicate whether a child needs braces or when a child should first start orthodontic care.
Fortunately, we happen to know a kid’s dentist in West Linn that can offer some advice on these important topics.
Let’s take a look.
How to Tell if a Child Needs Braces?
Unlike a fever you can check using a thermometer, it can be far more difficult to determine whether a child needs braces.
An orthodontist needs to examine a child no later than by the age of seven. Dr. Roane can also provide insight on whether a child, regardless of age, would benefit from receiving orthodontic treatment.
However, if you’re interested in knowing some of the signs that indicate whether a child needs braces, here are a few things to keep an eye out for:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Trouble biting or chewing
- Breathing frequently through the mouth
- Prolonged finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded or misaligned teeth
- Jaws that shift, protrudes, or are recessed
- Teeth that don’t align or align poorly
- An inability to fully close the mouth
If you notice any of the problems listed above, your child doesn’t need to wait until the age of 7 to see an orthodontist.
If a child has a delay in their oral health development, Dr. Roane can provide guidance on the best course of treatment parents can take to help correct the issue.
While it’s necessary to wait for a child to become old enough to receive treatment, the earlier a child receives care they better off their long-term oral health will become.
This leads to our next point…
What is Best Age for Braces?
The best age for a child to receive braces really depends on the patient.
In most cases, orthodontic care starts between the age of 9 to 14 because kids in this age range have at least some permanent teeth continuing to grow.
The majority of oral health problems treated by orthodontics, such as too much space between teeth, crowding, and jaw problems, may all be inherited. In other words, a child’s oral health development was always going to require orthodontic treatment to fix what nature would not.
Conversely, some types of problems develop over time when kids suck their fingers and thumbs, breathe through their mouths, or develop poor oral hygiene habits, such as never brushing or flossing.
Regardless of what’s behind the need for orthodontic care, Dr. Roane will help parents understand when the best time of treatment will be for their child.
How Long Will Treatment Last?
Again, there’s no way to give a specific amount of time a child may need to wear braces. Some kids may finish treatment after just a year while others may need to continue wearing braces for 2 years or more.
The amount of time a child will wear braces comes down to the severity of their orthodontic needs.
Fortunately, once a treatment plan is developed by an orthodontist, parents and patients should have a pretty good idea about how long their treatment will last.
As a kids’ dentist in West Linn, Dr. Roane is here to help answer any questions parents may have about their child and orthodontic care.
If you need to a referral to an orthodontist or just have a few questions you’d like answered, make sure to lets us know during your next visit to Roane Family Dental.