There was a time that teenagers trembled at the thought of having to get braces. Well, times have changed. Today, with the new technologies available, people of all ages are choosing orthodontic treatment to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
To have a healthy smile that’s good for life, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned. You may need orthodontic treatment if your teeth or jaw do not develop in a normal way. This can cause discomfort and make it hard to maintain good oral hygiene.
Generally, orthodontic evaluations are done on all children around the ages of 6-10 years old. By the time most children are 12-years-old, they have all of their permanent teeth and are able to receive orthodontic treatment.
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While it is true that orthodontic treatment can enhance aesthetics to great extend, the most important part to remember is that orthodontic treatment will help to correct bad bites, or malocclusions. Malocclusions happen as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment, and can negatively affect the way your child smiles, chews, speaks, and feels about their smile. It is important to make sure that these bad bite do not go untreated as they can lead to bigger problems later in life.
In some cases, abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face, which could cause psychological and emotional problems, such as lack of self-confidence.Treatment almost always involves using braces to straighten crooked, crowded or protruding teeth, close gaps between teeth and correcting the bite, so the top and bottom teeth meet when you close your mouth. Treatment usually lasts from 18 months to two years, with visits to the orthodontist required every four to six weeks.