Why Kids Need Braces
Braces may be required for a variety of reasons in children, including crooked, overlapping, or overcrowded teeth, as well as a “bad bite” (known as malocclusion). It’s called malocclusion when the top and bottom jaws aren’t the same sizes. When the upper jaw is larger than the lower jaw, it is called an overbite. An underbite occurs when the lower jaw is larger than the upper jaw.
Tooth and jaw problems can be caused by premature tooth loss, accidents, or habits such as thumb sucking. However, braces are frequently inherited, so if you or a member of your family requires them, it’s likely that your children will as well.
During a routine dental visit, your child’s dentist may notice problems and recommend that you see an orthodontist (a dentist specialising in correcting jaw and teeth alignment problems). The orthodontist can determine whether your child requires braces and, if so, which devices are most appropriate.
A child’s first orthodontist visit can occur at any age; some children visit at the age of six, others at the age of ten, and still others during adolescence. Adults may need orthodontic treatment as well. When children’s permanent teeth begin to emerge around the age of seven, many orthodontists recommend that they see an orthodontist. At this age, problems like uneven bite and overcrowding will become apparent.
Early intervention does not imply that a child will receive braces right away. Simply put, the orthodontist will be able to detect problems and determine the best time to start treatment. For more information, click here to learn more
Another reason why you need braces
- Dental braces can be used to correct overcrowding or crooked teeth.
- There is an excessive amount of space between your teeth.
- Too much vertical (overbite) or horizontal (gum disease) overlap between the upper and lower front teeth (overjet)
- The front teeth of the upper jaw bite behind the front teeth of the lower jaw (underbite)
- Jaw misalignment is another factor that contributes to an uneven bite.
- The appearance of your teeth, as well as the health of your mouth and the way you bite, chew, and speak, can all benefit from proper tooth and jaw alignment.
Braces for adults
Adults who wear braces may need to wear them for longer periods of time than children, but they can still achieve similar results, such as straightening crooked teeth or realigning a misaligned jaw. However, because your facial bones are no longer growing, there may be some issues that braces alone will not be able to correct.
Children who wear wired braces must work extra hard to keep their teeth clean due to the ease with which food can become stuck in them. Brushing after meals and flossing on a daily basis are both essential. Cleanings and cavity checks should be done on a regular basis.
Certain foods should be avoided because they can damage braces (for example, popcorn, hard and sticky candy, and gum). Sugary sodas and juices can also be a problem because they promote tooth decay. When it’s time to eat, kids with clear plastic aligners should always take them out.
Braces can be uncomfortable at times because they put pressure on the teeth, especially after the orthodontist makes adjustments. If this happens, taking over-the-counter pain relievers and eating soft foods can help.
If your child’s braces or wires are loose, or if a wire is poking his or her mouth, see an orthodontist right away. If the orthodontist cannot find a problem, your child can cover any sharp spots on the braces that are bothersome or rub against the inside of the mouth or gums with soft orthodontic wax.
How do you keep braces brackets from breaking?
Avoid eating hard, sticky, or chewy foods to prevent brackets from loosening due to force. Don’t be alarmed if a braces bracket comes loose. Instead, if necessary, apply orthodontic wax to the bracket and around it to prevent it from scraping against the inside of your cheek.
Do brackets on braces break easily?
Unfortunately, this means that brackets can become loose or break in the course of normal daily activities. Contact sports, chewy, hard, or sticky foods, and putting foreign objects in your mouth (pencils, fingernails, etc.) can all cause problems with braces.
How often are brackets changed on braces?
Because every mouth is different, there is no one-size-fits-all method for determining how often your braces should be adjusted. Orthodontists usually schedule check-up appointments every 4-6 weeks because this appears to be the average time between adjustments. However, you may require them more or less frequently.