Orthodontic Treatment for Kids and Adolescents

Here at Maple Orthodontics, we treat your kids with the best care possible. We understand that getting braces can be scary, but we are here to help your young children and teens feel comfortable with the physical and mental aspects of braces.

Your young child or teen may require braces for any number of reasons. The average baby mouth has 20 teeth, while the average adult mouth has 32. As baby teeth fall out and an adult set grow in, teeth can get crowded, overlap, and become increasingly crooked. Both early and late loss of baby teeth can lead to dental problems requiring braces.

Malocclusion, or “bad bite,” is a condition in which the teeth or jaws do not align properly. Underbite, overbite, and crossbite are the three most common types.These often occur due to genetic conditions such as abnormally shaped or spaced teeth; but thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting, mouth breathing, and trauma to the jaw can also contribute.

If your child or teen’s dental problems are left untreated it can lead to jaw pain, difficulty chewing and swallowing, poor oral hygiene, and infection. Crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to floss and brush between, leaving your kids open to bad breath, tartar, plaque, cavities, gingivitis, and other serious health problems and infections. Misaligned jaws and teeth can lead to clenched teeth, teeth grinding, and TMJ disorder.

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It’s important to start thinking about braces for your child before they need them. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age seven. This does not necessarily mean your child will have braces that early in life, but it will give your orthodontist an opportunity to create a plan to achieve optimal future results.

Starting braces earlier is ideal whenever possible. As children mature and their bones harden, it becomes more difficult to adjust their teeth and jaws. Ultimately the decision must be made between the orthodontist, child, and parent(s). If your child isn’t ready right now, don’t be afraid to look into braces again promptly. Even six months can make a huge difference in your child’s development.

Treatment options and duration are different for every individual. There is no way to say how long your child or adolescent might live with braces. If they are worried about life with braces, don’t hesitate to have them check out all the great information we have about sports, food, and discomfort.

Our unique Maple Observation Club, designed for kids, is a perfect example of how we treat kids differently than other orthodontists. This no-cost program is perfect for children who aren’t quite ready to begin orthodontic treatment. Every child is different and the growth and development of teeth will vary from patient to patient. Our observation club teaches kids how to properly care for their teeth and watch out for problems that may need correcting. With involvement from a young age (and cool prizes, of course), your kids are more likely to follow their future orthodontic treatment and keep better oral hygiene.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for your child or adolescent, there is no better time than now to come by for a consultation. Dr. Maple will help you choose the best timing and treatment plan to optimize results and leave everyone smiling.

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