Why You Should Not Procrastinate Your Child’s Orthodontic Care

A good smile that features straight and properly aligned teeth inspires self-confidence in growing children and teens. It also helps to prevent potential dental complications while enabling your child to enjoy a lifetime of good teeth. Orthodontic treatment is an essential dental service that you should not delay if your child needs it.

Potential Dangers of Delaying Orthodontic Service for Kids

Delaying a much-needed orthodontic service for your child could result in costlier dental problems later on. Common dental issues associated with delaying orthodontic treatment include:

  • Impacted adult teeth.
  • Permanent enamel damage.
  • Damaged teeth from a cross-bite.
  • Improper development of the jaw.
  • Misaligned teeth.

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, nearly 4 million children obtain orthodontic services every year in the United States. Many adults do as well because orthodontic treatment straightens teeth and corrects overbites and underbites.

Many Types of Braces Are Available

A commonly performed orthodontic service is using braces to fix a child’s or teen’s teeth to correct overbites, underbites, and gaps between teeth. An orthodontist has many types of braces available to help correct your child’s misaligned teeth and improve your child’s smile, including:

  • Same-day braces.
  • Metal braces.
  • Ceramic braces.

When the braces have done their job over about two years, they come off. After removing them, your orthodontist will fit your child or teen with a retainer that helps to keep the teeth in place. Otherwise, the teeth might try to return to their former positions.

Invisalign Works Well With Active Teens

Another great option that works especially well for teens is Invisalign corrective braces. Invisalign is transparent and much less noticeable than traditional braces. Invisalign fits directly to the teeth and gradually aligns them. Invisalign is especially helpful at reducing potential mouth injuries for athletes that metal braces commonly cause. Invisalign also works better than traditional braces for musicians who play wind instruments.

Schedule Orthodontic Service Today

You can help to ensure your child’s teeth remain in good condition by calling our friendly staff and scheduling orthodontic services today. We accept many dental insurance plans and will help your child or children to have the best chance at a lifetime of good oral and dental health. Orthodontic services help to make children and teens feel better about their smiles and enjoy greater self-confidence when interacting with others.