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Does Your Child Need Braces?

Does your child really need braces? Are they too young for treatment? Are there any signs or symptoms to look out for? Parents need to be in the know.

Q: Why would my child need braces?
A: Most orthodontic issues are genetic. However, other problems can arise over time due to finger-sucking, dental decay, accidents, and poor nutrition.

Q:How can I tell if my child needs braces?
A: If you start your child’s dental visits as early as possible (or by their first tooth erupting), you will be able to treat any concerns before it’s too late.

Here are some signs to lookout for:
•Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth.
•Crowded or misplaced teeth.
•Cheek biting.
•Difficulty chewing or biting food.

Q:What are the benefits of braces?
A: Braces have both short-term and long-term benefits on your little ones mouth, including:
•Proper alignment of teeth.
•Improvements in dental hygiene.
•Teeth and mouth protection.
•Correcting jaw placement (increasing ability to bite and chew properly).
•Self-confidence boost.

Q:What is the best age to be fitted for braces?
A: Dental issues can begin at any age, so there’s really no right time to be treated for braces. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be evaluated by the age of 7, so orthodontic treatment typically begins between the ages of 8 and 14.

It’s normal to have questions about this change in your child’s life! If you have any additional questions about your child’s oral health, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at (720) 513-3743. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.