After one of your child’s visits to a dentist, he might be advised to use braces. The dentist may have given you a brief overview of the treatment, and yet you have a few lingering questions about braces. Here, Corona orthodontists for kids provide answers to a few commonly asked questions.
Dentists often recommend braces to their patients to help improve their orofacial appearance. Braces can remedy and correct a few common problems including crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites and jaw joint disorders.
When is the ideal time for a child to get braces?
People from different age groups, including adults, get braces. However, the ideal time for someone to get this orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 10 and 14. At this point, the head, mouth and teeth have not reached their full growth potential, making the treatment more suitable. But because of the nature of the treatment, often involving some degree of discomfort and awkwardness, it is a good idea to discuss the treatment with your child.
Which type of braces is suitable for a child?
There are three basic types of braces and dentists choose which of these to use depending on the unique condition and problem of a patient. The most commonly used braces are those which utilize brackets that are directly bonded to the teeth. The lingual type of braces use brackets that are attached to the back of the teeth which make them practically invisible. Finally, bands use metal bands that are wrapped around the teeth. All of these options require the use of wires to facilitate the movement of teeth.
How long will the treatment last?
The answer will again depend on the patient and the severity of his problem. Sometimes, the age of the patient will often play a significant factor — the older the patient is, the greater the likelihood that the treatment will take longer. On average, braces are worn between 18 and 30 months. After this period, the dentist will advise the patient to wear retainers. This can last between a few months to two years. Retainers are used to help align tissues of the teeth that have been straightened through braces. In some instances, a patient may have to wear retainers for the rest of his life to prevent the original problem from happening again.
If you have other lingering questions about conventional braces or alternatives like Invisalign, our dentists here at All Smiles Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry will be more than happy to answer those. Schedule an appointment with us now.