Many children and adolescents require teeth braces at some point to ensure their teeth are properly aligned. Although many people think of this as purely an aesthetic issue, correcting crooked teeth or fixing alignment can actually increase the lifespan of the teeth and help your child avoid numerous problems as he or she grows up. If your child has misaligned, crooked, crowded, or widely spaced teeth, braces are an important factor in preserving her future dental health.
Reasons for Orthodontic Treatment
If your child has crooked teeth, braces are one of the most common and most effective ways to give him a perfect smile. But in addition to that perfect smile, your child will also be less likely to develop major problems with his teeth as he grows up. Some problems that can develop if crooked teeth or misalignment are not corrected include:
- Premature wear and tear, leading to premature tooth loss
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)
- Clenching and grinding
- Persistent headaches
Early orthodontic intervention can also help prevent issues like crowding by making sure there is enough room in the mouth for the permanent teeth when they arrive. This can also help keep the teeth properly aligned as they come in.
Deciding if Your Child Needs Braces
Your decision about whether your child needs braces will begin with a recommendation from your orthodontist. If he sees problems developing as permanent teeth begin to develop and replace the baby teeth, he will help you determine what type of orthodontic treatment might be appropriate. This might include braces, or might involve other forms of orthodontic intervention such as a palate spreader. In the long term, having alignment issues corrected will save your child from expensive, uncomfortable side effects like a need for dental restorations, treatment for TMD, or even eventual tooth loss.
If you believe your child might need braces, please contact McKinney Orthodontics at 972-548-8200 to schedule an orthodontic consultation. We can help you determine the best approach to ensure your child grows up with a healthy smile.