While some children and teens are not excited about the idea of getting braces, it’s important to consider all of the benefits that braces provide for young patients who need them to correct a range of teeth and jaw misalignment issues. Orthodontics can do all of the following:
As much as straight, healthy teeth are sought after by adults, kids, and teens want to feel good about the way they look and avoid the embarrassment of seriously misaligned teeth or unbalanced bite that causes jaw protrusion. This is especially true for middle and high school aged children who are hyper aware of their appearances. Starting pre-orthodontic treatment and completing braces helps children move into adolescence and adulthood confident in their oral health and the way their smiles look.
Supporting Oral Health
It’s hard to get kids to remain diligent about their brushing and flossing habits; when you’re young, avoiding cavities and gum disease is hardly on your list of priorities. But this process is a bigger struggle when teeth are crooked and much harder to clean between. Pediatric orthodontics helps to minimize and treat teeth misalignment. Kids can then easily brush and floss to keep their smiles healthy well into the future. Developing recurrent problems at a young age can be frustrating as children progress into adulthood and deal with trying to keep teeth healthy or pay to restore them, but early orthodontics and full braces help prevent these issues.
Minimizing Future Cost
Children are often on parents’ insurance plans until they are 26, depending on coverage and other factors that are unique to each family. Children with crooked teeth, severe crowding, and bite problems are more likely to experience dental problems as they age, including decay, uneven wear and tear on teeth, and jaw pain. All of these issues require care and, if root problems that contributed to these issues are not addressed, the need for dental restorations may be consistent. All of this takes a toll patients’ and families’ pockets. Orthodontics can be seen as preventive in nature – an investment in setting the stage for better health and minimal care into the future.
What Happens if my Child Doesn’t Get Braces?
Without orthodontic treatment, some children simply grow up with cosmetically misaligned teeth, but can still effectively clean their smiles to avoid decay. In some cases, for the lucky few, full orthodontics may not be necessary. But for most patients, orthodontics encourages healthy development of the jaw and movement of permanent teeth. Young patients with severely crowded teeth, misaligned bite, and tilted and twisted teeth that do not receive orthodontic care, may be in store for more complex and costly treatment in the future.
If you have questions about what orthodontic procedures are necessary to keep your child’s smile healthy, contact our pediatric dental specialist today!