Braces Learning Center
Is your child ready for braces? The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a pleasing appearance and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime. When teeth are misaligned, they are more susceptible to bacteria build up, cavities, and periodontal disease. So, obtaining a straight smile is about more than just appearances. Having a straight smile can benefit your child’s overall health too. Call Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry to set up a complimentary consultation today!
An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in how the jaws and teeth are aligned. Their job is to help people whose teeth are misaligned or require some kind of correction. Orthodontists have the power to help patients feel less anxious about their teeth. They get to improve smiles and give their patients self-confidence through their work.
Treatment time for braces typically ranges from one to three years. Some things to factor in are the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, as well as the severity of the problem. It is imperative to follow treatment guidelines such as the proper use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear to achieve the most efficient treatment. Early treatment may take as few as six months. We are committed to making your treatment as swift and effective as possible.
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age, however the American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. An orthodontist can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid more serious complications later in life.
Many patients feel anxious about getting braces at first. Fortunately, braces do not often hurt. Your child may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as their teeth, gums, cheeks and mouth get use to their new braces. We will offer many tools and suggestions for easing the discomfort in the days following having braces installed or adjusted.
It is important that your child practices a proper home care routine to achieve optimal results from their orthodontic treatment. Discuss the points below with your child when they begin to wear braces or a retainer.
- ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Make sure you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, this will help prevent cavities!
- If you take out your retainer to eat or to brush and floss, then remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
- Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also use an orthodontic appliance cleaner twice a week. Do not use hot or boiling water.
- During your treatment try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar. Sugar increases the amount of bacteria in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any food you need to bite into (corn on the cob, apples).
Braces will not hinder your child from participating in any of their school activities. However, there may be an adjustment period while your child is getting used to wearing their new appliance. It is recommended, if your child plays a contact sport, that they wear a mouthguard to protect their braces or appliance.
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