Orthodontic treatment? But that’s just another word for braces, you think you to yourself. Why does my child need braces?
It’s something neither parents nor children want to hear. Why do some children need dental braces but others don’t? Why do some dentists recommend starting with braces when children are very young, and others wait until children are in their teens to recommend starting treatment?
While there’s no single reason why children need braces, there are several likely reasons. Questions about your children’s dental care and need for orthodontic treatments are best answered by their dentist. Please consult with your child’s dentist about any specific questions you may have, and follow the dentist’s recommendations for care and treatment.
Common Reasons Why Children Need Braces
EG Dental Dentists recommend braces for a variety of reasons. Some common reasons include:
• Crowded or overlapping teeth: Dental braces can be used to straighten overlapping teeth so that they align properly. They can also be used to move teeth to reduce crowding issues.
• Correcting bite issues: Under bites, over bites, and other issues with how the teeth come together aren’t just unsightly. They can also affect how well a person can chew food. Correcting bite issues improves chewing, which in turn improves the ability to receive maximum nutritional benefits from food.
• Palate and jaw problems: Palate expanders and other early intervention techniques can widen the upper jaw to improve how teeth align. They can also be used to fix other palate and jaw problems.
Braces Now Or Later?
The age at which orthodontic treatment begins depends on many factors. Interceptive orthodontics is used with younger children and guides the teeth, jaw and palate during a child’s growth phase to improve spacing and other issues.
For most children, dentists recommend an initial orthodontic screening around age 7, when the permanent teeth begin to erupt. If braces are needed, your child’s dentist will recommend the appropriate age to start treatment, depending on the problem that needs to be corrected, and may even offer orthodontic treatment, too.
It’s important to understand that early intervention isn’t recommended for all children. Some problems should only be addressed with orthodontic treatment after a child’s body has finished growing and when the skeleton (including the jaw) is fully formed. That’s why there’s no one answer as to why a child needs braces, or when to start orthodontic treatment; each case really is unique.