Your kid’s dentist and braces

Braces are a common occurrence in childhood and pediatric dentists frequently recommend that their clients see an orthodontist. This is important for both the appearance, as well as for the health of your kid’s teeth because straight teeth are easier to clean and have a reduced risk of cavities.  At the same time, an aligned bite also makes it easier to eat, speak, and sleep.

Your child’s dentist can not only guide you if your child needs an orthodontist, but can also assist in decreasing the likelihood that your child will need braces or another orthodontic treatment. Barring the genetic factors, there are ways to help adult teeth come in straight.  One of the biggest reasons why permanent teeth come in crooked is because the child’s baby teeth have fallen out too quickly. This, in turn, caused the surrounding teeth to move out of position and crowd the open space that was supposed to be left for an adult tooth.  Then, by the time the adult tooth is ready to come in, there is no room.

One way to do so is to keep teeth clean and healthy. To do so, your child should be seen in a dental office at least twice a year.  During the cleaning, the dental hygienist removes bacteria and plaque that was unreachable at home.  By doing so, your child’s mouth is kept healthy enough so that their baby teeth can remain in place.  In addition, your child’s dentist will be the first to notice problems during a regular visit. Moreover, regular visits allow the dentist to look for any signs of infection and, if found, treat it right away.  These steps help to not only prevent tooth loss, but it will also make their teeth stronger and enable them to sustain the impact of an accident.

Children that routinely visit the dentist are taught the proper ways to keep teeth clean and healthy. These steps are important because the longer baby teeth stay in place, the less likely the adult teeth are to come in crooked, and create the need for braces.

Additionally, wearing a mouth guard is another way to help combat the need for orthodontics because it can help to prevent accidental tooth loss.  The American Academy of Dentistry, states that over 200,000 high school and college football players avoid oral injuries every year by wearing one.  You should tell your child to wear one when playing or practicing any sport so that their teeth can be protected from damage.

If you think that your child may need braces or other orthodontic work, then discuss it with the family dentist. He or she can recommend a professional for a consultation. Often, full braces are not needed. An expander or spacers can be used in order to make room for incoming permanent teeth.  However, traditional braces may be needed along with additional treatments to align a bite and an orthodontist will recommend the best course of action.