Many children are ambivalent about getting braces. Some may like the idea of perfect teeth but are nervous about whether the braces will cause them pain and discomfort. The good news is that the placement of orthodontic braces is not at all painful, and the end result will be a beautiful straight smile.
Although patients of any age can benefit from orthodontic braces, they tend to work much quicker on pre-teens and teenagers since they are still experiencing jaw growth. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children should first see an orthodontist around the age of seven-years-old.
What Causes misalignment of teeth?
Poorly aligned teeth often cause problems speaking, biting, and chewing. Most irregularities are genetic or occur as a result of developmental issues. Conversely, some irregularities are acquired or greatly exacerbated by certain habits and behaviors such as:
Thumb or finger sucking
Prolonged pacifier use
Poor oral hygiene
If you have questions about braces for children, please contact our office.