Do I (or will I) Need Braces? Here Are Some Indicators
It’s a question that our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. has heard over and over from children or their parents: Do I need braces? A related question we often receive is, Will I need braces in the future? As a specialist with years of training and experience, our orthodontist is uniquely qualified to recognize predictors for treatment.
Our practice is all about ensuring that all the elements that contribute to a healthy smile — the alignment and spacing of the teeth, the fit and feel of the bite, and the development of the jaw — are working harmoniously. With state-of-the-art techniques and materials, we work with our patients to create beautiful, long-lasting smiles that will feel as good as they look. The braces we use today are less noticeable and do their jobs more efficiently than in the past.
Here are a few signs that could determine whether you or your child needs braces:
Difficulties with biting or chewing could be a sign that your teeth are not aligned properly, which is known as a malocclusion. Braces are a common corrective step for a malocclusion.
Teeth that overlap, are crowded, or have big spaces between them can be hard to clean, leaving them at risk for cavities. Orthodontic treatment can help correct these conditions.
If you sucked your thumb as a child, especially if the habit continued past the age of five, it could have an effect on the formation of your teeth. Losing your baby teeth too early, or too late, also are indicators that you may need braces now or in the future.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing a child in for a consultation by age 7, or sooner if there are any noticeable issues with the child’s teeth or bite. Our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. stands ready to make you and your child feel comfortable, and answer all your questions about our treatments. Please contact us today for an appointment!