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Is It Time for My Child to Get Braces?

January 28, 2022 4:04 am

At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we’ve helped many patients of a variety of ages achieve healthy, beautiful smiles through our comprehensive orthodontic treatments. In this blog post, we’ll help you determine if it’s time for your child to get braces.

Why Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

Crooked and overcrowded teeth don’t just affect the look of a smile, but its overall function too. Orthodontists specialize in the placement and function of teeth, focusing on bite issues, jaw alignment, and straightening teeth, among other issues. If your child is experiencing crooked or overcrowded teeth, it’s a good idea to take them to see an orthodontist for intervention. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for vanity! Although they are a confidence booster, straighter teeth are easier to keep clean and allow forces to be evenly distributed when eating.

When Should My Child Start Orthodontic Treatment?

We usually recommend you bring your child in for an orthodontic consultation when they’re around seven or eight years of age, as they’re beginning to lose their baby teeth and get their adult teeth. Our experienced team will carefully evaluate their smile and draw up a treatment plan that is perfect for your child’s smile. For example, they might be a good candidate for interceptive orthodontic treatment, also known as early treatment, so they don’t need intensive treatment down the line. Or they might need expanders to help make room in their mouth for their adult teeth to grow in properly, or a space maintainer to curb overcrowding.

What Type of Orthodontic Services Exist?

Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics offers traditional metal braces that can help address bite alignment, overcrowding, crookedness, and jaw issues; ceramic braces for a more discreet and streamlined look; and Invisalign® clear aligner therapy for older kids, teens, and adults who are hoping for a completely invisible way to straighten their smile. We work with each patient to personalize their treatment based on their individual smile goals and budget!

Affordable Orthodontic Treatment in Laredo, TX

Our Laredo office is proud to offer affordable financing options. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic consultation for your child, or for yourself! We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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