Reasons for kids braces
Kids get braces for several reasons. Misaligned teeth can lead to problems like:
- Tooth crowding
- Speech impediments
- Trouble chewing
The initial misalignment sometimes results from genetics or developmental factors, such as mouth breathing, poor oral hygiene or nutrition, and prolonged pacifier use or thumb sucking. Braces are the most common way to fix these orthodontic issues in children. This treatment option straightens your child’s teeth to improve their bite and overall mouth health, prevent tooth crowding and bone erosion, and create a more confident smile.
Does my child need braces?
Whether kids need braces depends on a few factors. At Becher & Gil Orthodontics, we recommend bringing your child in for an initial orthodontic visit around age 7. At this consultation, we’ll examine your child’s smile so we can create a custom treatment plan for the future. A visit at this age also gives us the opportunity to catch potential issues early on and address them quickly. When we’re able to diagnose bite issues, early mouth injuries or other conditions at a young age when the jaw is still developing, your options for minimally invasive treatment are greater.
Bring in your child for a consultation if you notice the following:
Difficulty speaking or speech impediments
Excessive thumb or finger sucking or pacifier use
Overbites, underbites or crossbites
Our available children’s braces
At Becher & Gil Orthodontics, we offer pediatric orthodontic care to ensure your children have happier, healthier smiles. Our two-phase treatment for children who need braces includes the following:
- Phase One: The first phase includes interceptive treatment that offers the corrective work necessary before we can begin regular orthodontic care. After an evaluation, we’ll work to treat bite or jaw issues, excessive crowding, and teeth misalignment caused by tongue thrusting or thumb sucking.
- Phase Two: This phase involves aesthetic treatment with braces to straighten your child’s teeth. The goal is to create a beautiful, healthy smile that will last for years to come.