Braces and How They Can Help Your Child

Are you already noticing potential issues in your child’s teeth?

Wondering if it’s too soon to see an orthodontist or pediatric dentist?

Good news: It’s never too early to seek medical dental intervention. You may end up saving your child from years of discomfort.

Early Intervention

It is never a bad idea to bring your child in to a pediatric dentist or orthodontist, especially if you detect any early signs of future complications.

Thumb sucking, overbites, bottle feeding and teeth gaps are very common in young children and often require early intervention in order to prevent exacerbated treatment needs down the road.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend application of braces on the baby teeth in order to pre-address any dental issues.

Often times your child will require braces again later in life but early intervention is a way to limit the amount of time your child is in braces over their life span.

Standard Intervention

If you have not noticed any drastic dental needs in your child at an early age it is important to know when the right time is to schedule a visit to the dentist or orthodontist.

Children typically begin to shed most of the baby teeth and start to grow adult teeth in around age seven.

Your child’s doctor should be able to assess the new adult teeth as they surface and address any potential for dental issues early on.

First Appointment

Regardless of age, your child’s first appointment typically consists of a visual examination of the mouth, teeth, bite and gums.

In some cases, x-rays tests will be required for your doctor to take a closer look at your child’s mouth.

Once your child’s doctor has a complete picture of your child’s individual needs you can discuss potential treatment plan options.

For more information on child braces, and to schedule an appointment with your child today call Loretta Smith Dentistry at (773)445-7777 or visit our website here.

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