How to decide if your child needs braces

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As parents, we worry about our children’s health including the health of their teeth. Bottles and thumb-sucking can have devastating effects on the teeth of small children. Even though the baby teeth are the most affected some damage can be done to the permanent ones as well.

In some cases, the baby teeth end up turning black and protruding yet the permanent teeth can come in perfectly. Sometimes that’s not the case. The baby teeth can seem perfect while the permanents come in at odd angles. If you suspect there is damage to the baby teeth have a dentist look at them even though braces are not usually put on baby teeth.

As the child gets his or her permanent teeth that is the time to decide if you should consider braces. You don’t have to wait until all the permanent teeth are in place before considering braces but the dentist will probably recommend that braces be postponed until all or most of the permanents are in place.

Dentistry can be very expensive. Some abnormalities are simply cosmetic, such as a space between the two front teeth. In these cases, it’s up to the parents whether or not to have the space closed by getting braces for the child. Any time a parent can improve the appearance of their child’s smile they’re making a good decision but in cases of no insurance or little money the child can live perfectly fine with space.

In more severe cases the teeth can protrude to the point of distorting the child’s smile or worse. Any abnormalities that cause distortion or pain should definitely be checked out by the dentist. Teeth which lean excessively to the front can cause painful bites to the child’s lip during eating.

Teeth that lean too far backward can cause abrasions to the tongue and biting problems. And teeth that lean severely to one side can cause problems to the next tooth. If a child has a condition that affects several different teeth braces will probably be recommended.

Sometimes a child can be missing a permanent molar simply because it never came in to place. When dealing with this problem early enough the dentist can scoot the teeth together with the use of braces and it will never be noticed. The adjustment can prevent painful eating experiences for the child.

Braces have changed some over the years. In many cases, the use of small rubber bands takes the place of bulky metallic hardware. The benefits of the new technique are plenty. Whereas metallic braces often leave the teeth with outlines of the hardware after removing the rubber bands leave no traces.

And the metallic method is usually much more expensive, more painful, and more troublesome. The rubber band type of braces is easier to tend to, causes less brushing problems and is much less painful.

Your dentist is the best judge of whether or not your child should have braces but you as a parent can spot abnormalities that should be seen by a dentist.

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