How will you know if your child needs the care of an specialized orthodontist? Oral healthcare can be a tricky subject, especially for those who may be unfamiliar with the issues that can take place in a child's mouth.

Some issues are more apparent than others. For example, if your little one has obviously crowded teeth, a hard time speaking clearly or a deep overbite, professional help may be necessary. Other issues, such as spacing or teeth growing in the wrong place may not be as easy to see. It's best for children to see an orthodontist by the age of 7, to ensure obvious and non-obvious issues can be corrected in a timely, appropriate manner.

There are often considered two clear phases for orthodontic treatment, one being early treatment and the other actual treatment. What does this mean? During the initial stages of teeth development, creating a more pleasing arrangement of the teeth is essential for long lasting stability and overall aesthetic. To achieve this, children often have to undergo some form of treatment.

Treatment choices vary and can include traditional means such as metal and ceramic braces or more modern types such as Invisalign, iBraces and AcceleDent.  

The type of treatment both you and your child decide to choose should be based on a few different factors such as total longevity of the treatment, visibility v.s. no visibility and lifestyle. Some forms of braces may be removed to eat or engage in sports, such as Invisalign, while others are permanently stuck to the teeth until removal, such as iBraces. 

Before making a decision, sit down with your child and ensure the choice is completely understood and remains what is best for long term care. To learn more, visit our website