Braces are an important part of life for many kids. They have to keep the braces on for a long time, for 1 to 3 years at a time. Choose the right type of braces and get the process rolling at the right time to ensure a great smile for life.
Here is some important information for parents:
[b]What Age Can Kids Get Braces?[/b]
The best age for braces can vary anywhere between 8 to 14 years depending on the reason for the orthodontic treatment. This is when kids already have permanent teeth but they are still growing and the narrow jaws are much easier to correct at this younger age.
It’s good to have an orthodontist review the development of your child’s teeth and jaws. You might not be able to recognize any problems with your child’s teeth, but a trained orthodontist can easily spot problems that are otherwise invisible. It is important to get an expert’s opinion.
How To Tell If Your Kids Need Braces?[/b]
These are some of the things you should look for:
Jaws that protrude or are recessed
Biting the cheeks
Breathing from the mouth
Thumb (removed word incessant) sucking
Crowded or misplaced teeth
Irregular or untimely loss of baby teeth
Problems in chewing or biting
Teeth that meet abnormally or are out of proportion
If you see any of these problems earlier than age 8 then don’t wait; take bring your child in to see one of our certified orthodontists asap!
[b]Steps to Getting Braces[/b]
The procedure for getting braces takes about 1 to 2 hours long.
Arrive on time for your appointment and make sure your child has brushed and flossed their teeth. The process for getting braces isn’t as painful or difficult as it may have been when you were young. Once the orthodontist has completed the procedure, your child will be back to being his or her normal self within a few days.
First Few Days After Braces [/b]
It may be a little sensitive or just plain weird for your child the first few days. Make sure that your child sticks to soft foods the first day or two. These include soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, milkshakes, scrambled eggs, Mac and cheese etc. You don’t need to put them on a strict diet just make sure that anything they eat is soft and doesn’t need to be chewed too much. This means no candy, pop corn, gum or sugary juices. And always have them brush after their meals.
Also ensure that your child avoids acidic foods and drinks like citrus juices or tomato sauce because they may end up irritating the mouth sores, if there are any. Mouth sores can be caused by your child unintentionally biting the inside of their cheek. Once the mouth toughens up a bit, usually in a few weeks, these mouth sores will usually resolve on their own.
And lastly, rest assured that things will, and do get better. Once your child’s teeth have adjusted to the new braces, the pain and the irritation goes away and life becomes simpler again. If you have any questions regarding braces or think your child may need braces, please contact the certified orthodontists at [link url=http://www.myorthodontists.ca]Maduke Bulat[/link].