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Orthodontic Treatment for Children

Orthodontic treatment for children involves the correction of dental and facial irregularities to improve the alignment of teeth and jaw development.


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Orthodontic Treatment for Children FAQ

At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation around the age of 7. However, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this time.

What are the common orthodontic issues in children?

Children may experience a variety of orthodontic issues, including overcrowded or crooked teeth, misalignment of the jaw, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

What are the treatment options?

  • Traditional braces: Metal brackets and wires are used to gradually move teeth into their correct positions.
  • Clear aligners: These transparent, removable trays (e.g., Invisalign Teen) offer a more discreet option for certain cases.
  • Functional appliances: Devices like headgear or expanders may be used to modify jaw growth and alignment.

How long does orthodontic treatment for children usually last?

The duration varies based on the complexity of the case. Treatment may last anywhere from several months to a few years.

Are there alternatives to traditional braces for children?

Yes, alternatives like clear aligners (Invisalign Teen) may be suitable for some cases. Your orthodontist will recommend the best option for your child.

Is orthodontic treatment painful for children?

There might be some discomfort initially and after adjustments, but it is generally manageable. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help.

How often will my child need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?

Regular appointments are typically scheduled every 4-6 weeks for adjustments. Your orthodontist will provide a specific schedule.

Can children play sports and musical instruments with braces?

Yes, but it’s essential to wear a mouthguard for sports, and adjustments may be needed for playing certain instruments.

How do I care for my child’s braces or aligners?

Regular brushing, flossing, and avoiding certain foods are crucial for maintaining oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment.

What happens after orthodontic treatment is complete?

After braces or aligners are removed, a retainer is often recommended to maintain the new tooth alignment.

How much does orthodontic treatment for children cost?

Costs vary based on the type of treatment and its duration. Many orthodontists offer payment plans or financing options.

Remember that these are general FAQs, and individual cases may have unique considerations. Always consult with an orthodontist for personalized information and recommendations for your child’s specific needs.