If your dentist has recommended braces for your child, you might be wondering when treatment should start in order to achieve the best results. This answer varies depending upon your individual situation, so a consultation with your orthodontist will help you understand all the factors involved
Determining When Treatment Should Start
The exact time to begin orthodontic treatment depends upon the type of treatment and the specific problems being addressed. Many people assume that braces won’t be effective until later adolescence—after all the permanent teeth have arrived. This is not always true.
The exact time to begin orthodontic treatment depends upon the type of treatment and the specific problems being addressed.
If your family dentist has noticed problems in your child’s bite or alignment, you’ll want to discuss the timeframe for treatment. If teeth are coming in crowded, beginning treatment right away can help create additional space so that braces might not be necessary in later years, or so that future orthodontic treatment will be simpler and require less time. In other cases, it will prove beneficial to wait until more teeth have arrived.
The best way to get answers to your questions about orthodontic treatment is during a consultation. You’ll sit down with your orthodontist or family dentist to discuss the specific issues regarding your child’s teeth and the best way to address these issues. You’ll probably look at digital photographs and/or X-rays of your child’s teeth so you can get a clear picture of the current state of your child’s mouth and what it can look like in the future with proper treatment.
An effective, comprehensive consultation can help you determine when treatment should start, how long it is likely to last, and exactly what problems will be addressed at each phase of the treatment. You’ll also discuss cost, payment options, and any other concerns. After your consultation, you’ll have enough detailed information to make an informed decision about orthodontic treatment for your child. Be sure to ask any questions you might have at this time. When your child’s treatment begins, you’ll be confident that you’ve made the best choice, and that your child will benefit in the long run from orthodontics.
For more information on which course of action is right for your child, contact our dental office today.