Braces are a common orthodontic treatment for both children and adults. They are used to correct misaligned teeth, improper bites, and other dental problems. While braces can be a significant investment of time and money, the benefits can be life-changing. For parents, it's essential to know when the best time is to start their child's orthodontic treatment. In Australia, the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. This evaluation will help identify any potential dental problems that may need to be addressed with braces. Here is a bit more of a look into what age you should consider braces for your child and what else to expect.
The General Age Where Braces Begin To Become An Option
The ideal age for braces depends on the individual child and the specific dental problem that needs to be addressed. In general, most children start treatment between the ages of 9 and 14, but some may need to start earlier or later. The best way to figure out if your child is in the camp that needs braces earlier than usual is to follow the above recommendation for an orthodontic evaluation when they are around seven years old. At that time, enough signs will be visible in their teeth and dental structure to indicate whether or not they will need braces sooner rather than later.
Types Of Braces Available
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular option, but there are also ceramic braces, clear aligners, and lingual braces (braces attached to the back of the teeth) available. Your orthodontist can help you determine the best option for your child's needs. In some cases, you may want to also listen to the wishes of your children, especially if they ask for clear braces to help them fit in socially at school. Invisalign is a great option there, but most children also do not mind metal braces either, it all depends on the individual child.
Length Of Treatment
The length of treatment varies depending on the severity of the dental problem and the type of braces used. Treatment typically lasts a couple of years, but some cases may require longer treatment for a few years. The great news is that almost all dental problems can be fixed with enough time and patience, even if it seems hopeless at first. Dental science is incredible these days, and it can help create a set of teeth that your kid can use just as well as anyone else's if you give them enough time.
For more info about braces, contact a local dentist.
As a mum, I know how essential sport can be to children's development. Through team sports like soccer, kids learn persistence, sportsmanship and the value of supporting their team members. However, all that learning carries some risk as well, and a stray elbow or a ball to the face can result in oral injuries. I have been the mum rushing to the emergency room with a precious permanent tooth sitting in a cup of milk. Admittedly, at the time, I wasn't even sure if the cup of milk was the right solution. As a parent, you will face those situations, and I'm here to make sure you know what to do when they pop up. With this blog, let's explore children's dentistry and sports injuries together... I want you to have the info you need to stay cool, calm and collected, regardless of how many teeth are on the pitch.