Being a parent can be tricky at times. When do we know when to take our child to the dentist to see if they may need braces? Let’s explore why children get crooked teeth and how we can resolve their issues.
There are many reasons why your child could have crooked teeth. The biggest and most common is genetics. If the mother and father have ever had braces or other dental issues, there is a high likely their child will be at a high risk for similar issues. Other reasons for crooked teeth could be prolonged use of pacifiers, thumb sucking, or an injury to their mouth.
The Effects of Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth can affect your child both physically and mentally. Physical effects of crooked teeth can include an increase in cavities and tooth decay because it can be difficult to brush and floss. Align teeth are easier to clean because there are less areas for plaque and bacteria to build up. The mental effects of crooked teeth can cause self-consciousness with children. They may be hesitant to interact or even smile around other children or adults. Research has shown that improving your child smile can help with self-esteem and social interactions, in turn making your child more confident.
So, what step do you take next?
If your child has crooked teeth the first thing you should do is bring them to the dentist. It is recommended that your child visit an orthodontist no later than the age of seven. Your dentist will recommend the best treatment options for your child. This can include braces, Invisalign, retainers, etc.
What is the difference between braces and Invisalign?
Braces are often better for children with severe crookedness, while Invisalign can be helpful for slight crookedness. Invisalign does tend to be more comfortable than traditional braces. Invisalign also allows for discreet realignment versus braces which are highly visible. There are pros and cons to both braces and Invisalign when it comes to convenience. Braces are convenient because you don’t have to take them out however certain foods are off-limits when you have braces. Invisalign allows you to eat your favorite foods, but you must remember to take out the trays and store them securely. If you have a child that likes to misplace things Invisalign may not be the best option.
Your dentist will walk you through the best options for correct in your child’s crooked teeth. It may be an investment, but it is an investment that will last your child’s lifetime.