When Should I Consider Braces for My Child?
If you're the typical parent, you want the best health for your child. At Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey provide a full range of preventive, restorative, and aesthetic dental services, including orthodontic braces. If you're considering braces for your child, here's the information you need to make the right treatment decisions.
What is orthodontia?
It's branch of dentistry specializing in straightening crooked teeth, re-aligning and balancing jaw structure and function, closing smile gaps, and opening overcrowded teeth. Interceptive orthodontics influences the jaw growth and tooth position of very young patients, thus avoiding more invasive and complicated treatment later. The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends all children receive a comprehensive evaluation between ages eight and 10.
Why should a child get an orthodontic evaluation?
There are many reasons for pediatric braces. You as the parent may already be aware of some of them in your child, or Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey may see the need for braces as they examine your child during routine check-ups in their Cumberland Park office.
Indicators for orthodontic treatment include:
- Protruding front teeth
- Teeth which appear too large for the mouth
- Impacted adult teeth
- Problems with biting, chewing, breathing or eating
- Consistent snoring
- Teeth which do not close properly
- Early tooth loss due to accident (before age five)
- Consistent thumb-sucking or pacifier habit
What kind of braces are there?
After a complete exam at Cumberland Dental, your dentist will deliver a comprehensive treatment plan to include braces as needed. Kinds of braces include:
- Conventional metal braces
- Lingual (tongue-side) braces
- Ceramic braces (typically tooth-colored)
- Invisalign clear aligners and Six Month smiles for teens and adults
- Space maintainers to keep young teeth in proper position until adult teeth erupt
Life with braces
Good oral hygiene habits keep teeth and gums healthy as your child wears braces. As the parent, it's critical you supervise brushing and flossing. Also, offer healthy food choices--and model them, too. Bring your child to the dental office for routine check-ins through out the course of treatment, and after braces are off, be sure your child wears his or her retaining device to keep that new smile straight and beautiful.
Find out more
Life with braces is a bit challenging. The benefit they provide towards a healthy and happy smile, however, is worth the challenge. Thinking about orthodontic care for your child? Contact Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA, for a consultation with Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey. They'll take you and your child through the evaluation process and show you treatment options as needed. Call the office at (088) 271-6233.