Modern Orthodontic Treatment with a Gentle Touch
At what age should my child see an orthodontist? Does my child need to have all their permanent teeth to begin treatment?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age seven. It does not mean we will do anything at that age, but it helps us identify any potential problems. Sometimes, we address urgent issues that would be difficult to fix in the future. Children do not need all their permanent teeth to see an orthodontist. Orthodontic treatment can begin in children with baby teeth present if needed.
What should I expect at my child’s first appointment?
The first appointment is our chance to get to know you and your child. When you arrive, our front desk staff will greet you and ask you to complete some forms detailing your child’s health history, allergies, and other information. You can then meet with our patient care coordinator and begin the diagnostic process with 3D imaging of your child’s teeth and 3D digital impressions. You can book an appointment online at BracifyOrtho.com.
How do I know if my child needs braces?
Your child’s general dentist can identity if your child needs braces. That’s why it’s very important for children to see their general dentist every six months. If you see any bite issues, crowding, or teeth that are overlapping, these issues need to be addressed. Your child can also benefit from orthodontic intervention if he or she has jaws that shift or make sounds, has trouble chewing or biting, or you notice excessive clenching or grinding.
How will my child’s life change during treatment?
There are certain things we have to keep in mind during treatment. With braces, we recommend kids avoid hard and crunchy foods such as popcorn and hard candy. They should eat a mostly soft diet. They can eat all the nutritious foods they like—just make sure they cut their food into smaller pieces that are easier to chew. It’s also important to keep up with brushing and flossing, which is a little more time consuming with braces.
How long can we expect treatment to last?
The time frame varies from person to person depending on what the problem is and how complex it is. On average, treatment takes 18 to 24 months. The first and last appointments are generally the longest ones. It takes about an hour to put the braces on and take them off. Once the braces are on, your child will come in about every four to six weeks for a check-up. These appointments usually last 15 to 30 minutes.
Can my child still play sports?
Yes. Your child has no restrictions when it comes to sports or musical instruments. They can participate with no limitations. We just recommend that when children play sports, they wear a mouth guard that is specially made for braces.
About the Expert
Dr. Ritu Gupta
Bracify 3D Orthodontics
Dr. Ritu Gupta is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists, signifying her excellence in the field. Only one in five orthodontists is board certified. Dr. Gupta is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Texas Dental Association, North Texas Dental Association, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Gupta is widely published in prestigious publications such as the American Journal of Orthodontics, the International and American Association for Dental Research, and Orthodontic Update Journal.
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