If you think your child needs braces, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Most parents have questions about costs, timing, and other issues with treatment. The following questions and answers will help you gather the information you need to make the best decision for your child. Once you start orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist can provide clarity and guidance.
When should I take my child to the orthodontist?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should have an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. Certain problems are easier to treat while children are still growing.
Will my child need to have teeth extracted?
New technology and advanced procedures mean that most of the time, teeth are not extracted for orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist will know more after a thorough examination.
Can my child still play an instrument or participate in sports?
Definitely. Your child may need a little time to adjust to playing a wind or brass instrument with braces, but the treatment shouldn’t inter with musical participation. For athletes with braces, we recommend a mouth guard for protection.
How long will treatment last?
Every case is different. The time frame for orthodontic treatment depends on many factors including the severity of the issue, patient cooperation, and how quickly teeth move. An average treatment course for braces is about two years.
Will my child’s teeth move after treatment?
Once the braces come off, it is important for your child to wear his or her retainer as instructed by the orthodontist. Though teeth shift some as we age, the retainer should help stabilize the position of the teeth and give your child a gorgeous smile for life.