Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What age is too young for braces?

Under 6. I could just say that and be done, but I'm sure you wouldn't be reading my blog if that's all I was willing to say. What most parents don't know is that it is not uncommon for a child to undergo two phases of orthodontic treatment spanning their childhood and teen years. This might sound like a huge ordeal, but I assure you, it's actually the best way to combat overcrowding of teeth and ensure that your child has a happy smile when entering adulthood. Beyond fostering a healthy mouth, this also engenders confidence for your child. For more information, here's a quote from my website:

It's best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

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