Braces for Children
In general, 7 years old is the age when children start to have rational philosophical thinking. It may not be a coincidence. The American Orthodontists Association also recommends that children’s teeth can be evaluated at this age, and whether there are crooked teeth that require braces. But whether your child really needs braces may be a completely different story. If he puts on the braces when the child is very young, will they dare to face the right challenge?
So we can ask this, the better question is: when is the best time to evaluate a child for orthodontic treatment?
Early assessment can tell if intervention is needed now. However, when a parent or dentist is concerned that the child may have orthodontic problems, it is best to see an orthodontist. Most orthodontic treatments occur after the development of teeth in children or all adults. But some children need treatment before this happens:
When the dentist finds a potentially dangerous bite problem;
When the orthodontist gives the child a psychological boost;
When braces can now reduce or eliminate the need for future corrective treatments.
When consulting a dentist, parents should weigh the risks and benefits of treatment with the risk of doing nothing. Before you decide on early treatment, your child’s risks should be minimal and the benefits should be significant.
Small patients are good patients
Some parents worry that young children may not be able to assume the responsibility of braces and their money will be wasted. Little Bud reminds here, don’t worry.
Many best orthodontic patients are sophomores and juniors who obey instructions and actively please parents and doctors. They get excited when they see a positive change in their teeth, and it’s fun to treat.
For teenagers, we may be more severe. They have more demands on their time and more distractions, and they are more interested in pleasing their companions than parents or doctors. But most adolescents take on the responsibility of braces well.
The key is to explain their expectations to any patient—child, teen or adult—and win their promise. Before starting an orthodontic diagnosis and treatment plan, you must generally brush your teeth at least twice a day, and effectively brush your teeth three times a day after wearing the braces.
At the same time, acidic beverages, such as soft drinks, juices, energy drinks and most canned beverages should be avoided during treatment to reduce the formation of white spots near the braces.