When Should I Consider Getting Braces for my Kid?

Braces. For some it’s necessary, for some it’s a preference, and some never need them at all. If you think your child may need braces or your child’s pediatric dentist thinks they may need them, you’re probably wondering when is the right time to get them. Braces are a large commitment for both parents and children, so it’s important that all parties are ready at the right time. So how do you know when is the right time? Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry can help.

When are Braces Necessary?

It’s important to know that braces are used for more than just straightening crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatments are used to correct the jaw and other craniofacial problems that could have effects on speech, breathing, or eating. If your child’s pediatric dentist has addressed these problems, or you suspect your child is suffering from these issues, braces will most likely be necessary to correct them and get your child back on track to a healthier smile.

Is My Child Too Young for Braces?

You may fear that your child is too young for braces, and this could be true. Many orthodontists recommend getting braces in the early teen years, once all baby teeth have fallen out and all permanent teeth have come in. Your child should also be old enough to responsibly take care of their teeth and braces, including consistent dental hygiene like brushing and flossing, as well as avoiding foods that can be damaging to braces, like gum, popcorn, and hard candy.

Signs Your Child Needs Braces

If you’re unsure if your child requires orthodontic treatment or have a suspicion they do, keep an eye out for these signs they may be in need and make an appointment with your pediatric dentist for a referral:

  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Crooked, crowded, blocked, or misplaced teeth
  • Cheek biting
  • Jaw shifting or clicking
  • Teeth grinding

Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry does not offer orthodontic treatment at our practice, however we can help guide parents on whether or not treatment may be needed and the best place to receive it based on your child’s dental issues. Contact us today for more guidance.

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