You try to protect your child from physical injuries like broken bones and skinned knees, but have you considered how to provide for their oral care to avoid dental and orthodontic issues as adults? Early visits to an orthodontist can save your child (and you!) money and time down the road, not to mention avoid some unwanted dental issues such as overbites, crossbites and crooked teeth.
When Should I Bring My Child To The Orthodontist?
It is best to plan for your child to see an orthodontist for the first time around age seven, since most of their baby teeth will be lost, and several of their adult teeth will have emerged. By that time, an orthodontist will have better luck determining if your child’s teeth will require braces, or other orthodontic intervention. While age seven is recommended for their first orthodontic visit to plan for the future, in most cases, your child won’t begin to regularly see an orthodontist or receive treatment until most, if not all, of their permanent teeth have emerged.
How Long Will My Child Wear Braces?
Orthodontic treatment is specific to each child and will depend on the placement and growth of your child’s teeth. For many patients needing medium level corrections, treatment can be completed in as little as 12-18 months, if your child is diligent about sticking to their orthodontist’s advice.
For more complex needs, extreme crossbite, overbite or underbite, treatment can take up to 36 months. Your orthodontist will be able to provide an estimate of how long treatment could take from beginning to end after one to two appointments.
Are Kids’ Braces Painful?
Braces can be unpleasant to begin with, no matter whether they are going into a kid’s mouth or an adult’s. Your child might be nervous, anxious or stressed at the thought of a foreign object in their mouth, particularly if they are associating braces with a painful experience. Talking to your child about the transition their teeth will go through and reassuring them that the pain will pass can help to ease worries before the braces are put on.