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How Can Orthodontic Braces Help Your Child?

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Does your child need to see an orthodontist? Overlapping or crooked teeth, crowding, gaps between teeth, jaw problems, and mouth injuries can all lead to poor self-esteem, difficulty keeping teeth clean and even problems like headaches, snoring and jaw pain. Whether these issues are caused by genetic factors, accidents or behavioral issues, an orthodontist can help correct them with devices like orthodontic braces and retainers. While correction may be possible at any age, early orthodontic treatment can help ensure your child’s future self-confidence, and reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth loss later in life.

When Kids Should Visit an Orthodontics Clinic

While there are no specific age rules or requirements, most orthodontists recommend evaluating a child for treatment before age seven. An early treatment plan doesn’t mean that your child will get braces immediately. Your orthodontist will tell you when the time is right.

The Initial Consultation for Orthodontic Braces



Your child’s first orthodontics consultation will be similar to a regular dental exam. It will include a manual examination, and x-rays will be performed to determine the positioning of developing teeth and jaws. If needed, the orthodontist will make an impression to assist in the diagnosis and treatment plan. Be prepared to answer questions about your child’s dental and medical history and any tooth or jaw symptoms that are occurring.

Timeframe for Wearing Orthodontic Braces

Braces work by applying consistent pressure to teeth to slowly move them into the desired position. Orthodontic braces are typically worn for one to three years. Your child may also need to wear headgear or a retainer as part of treatment. Once braces are in place, your child will need to visit the orthodontics clinic for check-ups every few weeks. During a check-up, the orthodontist will check your child’s progress, and determine if any adjustments should be made.

Seek Trusted Referrals to Find Orthodontists in Columbia

Find orthodontists in Columbia who parents trust by asking your family dentist for a referral. You may also gain valuable information by talking to medical professionals, other parents, teachers, friends, family members, and neighbors about their experiences.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Columbia.

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