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How to Know If It’s Time for My Child to Get Braces

April 30, 2022 8:06 am

Although braces can seem like a rite of passage for kids and teens, not every young person needs orthodontic treatment. So how do you know when it’s time for your child to get braces?

Why Would My Child Need Braces?

Orthodontics isn’t just about getting more attractive teeth that boost confidence; it will also improve the function and health of the teeth and jaw. When your child’s teeth become crooked or overcrowded, their bite and alignment issues can cause speech impediments, difficulty eating, and TMJ dysfunction. Teeth misalignment can also make your child more prone to developing dental issues because their teeth experience uneven wear and tear and are harder to clean.

When Should My Child Start Orthodontic Treatment?

Generally, children should first visit the orthodontist when they’re seven or eight years old, when they’ve started losing their baby teeth and some of their permanent teeth have emerged. This allows the orthodontist to get an idea of what issues they might be facing so they can develop an early game plan. This may include interceptive orthodontic treatment, space maintainers, or expanders, which can help reduce more serious misalignment and its associated issues during the critical years of their early development.

Comprehensive Orthodontics in McKinney & Frisco, TX

OrthodonTEX offers many orthodontic treatment options, including traditional and ceramic braces, clear aligner therapy, and same-day retainers. We can address any severity of overcrowding, crooked teeth, jaw issues, bite issues, and alignment issues. We will work closely with you and your child to figure out a treatment plan that is best for their smile and your budget! We offer a variety of payment options to make orthodontics affordable.

Our friendly team at OrthodonTEX would be thrilled to work with you and your child! Contact us today to schedule a consultation for you or your child.

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