Orthodontic treatment is a way of aligning or moving your teeth to improve their appearance and function. When your teeth are not aligned properly, it can put stress on the jaw muscles, leading to jaw and joint complications and at times headaches. Periodic orthodontic treatments will help in maintaining the long-term strength of your teeth, gums and jawbone joints, by balancing pressure on your teeth.
Most parents know that dental care for their children should start during their early years. Experts suggest that the best age for an orthodontic assessment is 8 to 10 years; during that time period, a child usually has a combination of baby teeth and mature teeth. So, does that mean they are ready for braces?!
Starting orthodontic treatment during your child’s early years helps to avoid progressive dental issues and is quite beneficial for good oral hygiene. Keep in mind although they may go for an evaluation it may still take one to five years after the first evaluation to start treatment.
Although this post is focused on children, orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Do not feel discouraged. There are different types of braces and methods to choose from. With the growing availability of metal braces, clear braces or even Invisalign making it a great solution for anyone who needs to adjust their smile!