It should not be surprising that orthodontics and orthodontists play a much bigger role in the lives of children than adults. Now, there are a number of reasons for that being the case.
Braces are not cheap. Of course, prices are coming down, but for some parents who had multiple children 20, 30, or more years ago, it would have been cost prohibitive for them to get all their children fitted for braces.
But as mentioned, that is gradually changing. Dental insurance helps substantially. That’s part of the reason why today there are more than 5 million children who wear braces. And most children will have their first visit to an orthodontist usually between ages 10 and 14. However, the American Association of Orthodontists suggests that you take your child to see an orthodontist by age 7.
Now, there are a number of reasons why parents feel that an orthodontist needs to check out their child’s teeth. Some of the biggest reasons include the following:
– The child’s biting motion might be severely out of sync. You might know this as an overbite or underbite. Your child may need their jaw realigned through surgery.
– The child could still be sucking their thumb which may have resulted in protruding teeth.
– Accident or injury may have caused baby teeth to be lost too early. Similarly, it can be an issue if baby teeth are still lingering past the normal period.
– Teeth may be crowded.
– Your child may be grinding down his or her teeth.
– The misalignment of teeth is preventing your child from speaking or chewing properly.
– Your child may be breathing more through their mouth than nose.
Treating Orthodontic Dental Conditions
– The most well known solution is dental braces. You’ll find them made of metal, ceramic, or plastic materials. And not all braces are the clunky metal one’s that are the most well known. There are totally plastic braces and even a type that work their magic once installed in back of your teeth. Braces work through a tightening mechanism that delivers sufficient force to tighten or loosen them.
– As mentioned there are plastic or clear braces, which are also called aligners. They can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth. Aligners are usually recommended with the teeth alignment issue is not severe.
– Retainers are teeth alignment devices that can be removable or permanent. In many cases, the orthodontist may recommend that you wear a retainer for a while after the braces come off. The retainer acts as a teeth alignment stabilizer.