What could be scarier than going through puberty? How about even more awkward adolescence with metal braces? “Do I need braces?” often crosses a kid’s mind —especially if they have crooked teeth. However, teenagers and the tweens are in constant fear of having to endure their first crushes when their smile reveals a mouth full of metal.
Parents often think the effects of braces leads to a stunning smile in the future, but for a child of this age, they feel a month is the longest time in the world. Now imagine them having to endure years of metal dentistry.
The Big Question; Do I Need Braces?
Why do you need braces? Having a metal smile will only make your child feel more awkward on their first day of Junior High. However, there are some excellent reasons to consider getting them braces.
What kind of crowding needs work?
Have you begun to notice your child’s smile has crooked or crowded teeth? If there is some crowding in their mouth, there might not be a need for braces. Some overcrowding could eventually straighten out on their own as they lose their baby teeth and get their adult teeth. Your child is still developing so their mouth could grow into itself and the crowding could subsequently straighten out.
However, if they start to lose teeth and there is still overcrowding, that can turn into a long term orthodontic problem. So be vigilante!
Overbite, underbite, and all the bites in between
As a toddler, your child may have sucked their thumb or finger. Pressing their fingers between their teeth and to the roof of their mouth may have caused their teeth to grow in awkwardly. Open bites and overbites can sometimes be caused by this. Bad bites lead to increased risk of trauma to your teeth, tooth decay and your teeth becoming even more crooked.
Orthodontic treatment may be the only way to help your child when their teeth protrude. If upper front teeth are becoming crooked it more likely that their teeth won’t straighten out as they get older. In order to chew food properly your children’s teeth may have to have braces.
Other Factors When Deciding to Get Braces
Consult an orthodontist about waiting
Does your child need braces right now? Your orthodontist often decides the need for braces, but even they will consider the option for them if they believe the teeth will eventually straighten out. They usually wait to see if the teeth continue to crowd together, then they will consider the recommendation to wear braces. Talk with your orthodontist to verify if your teen is in desperate need of pairs or if they feel they are unnecessary.
Save on money by waiting
Many parents spend a significant amount of funds to get their braces for their teens, but you can save some money if you expect as well for the need for them. The money you save could be used for your kid’s college fund or for other funds they might enjoy.
Avoid the metal mouth all together —get Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear try that can be taken in and out and is far less noticeable than metal braces. Cabrillo Family Dental currently provides Invisalign as an option for our patients.
Avoid Braces with Regular Dental Exams
When your kids have straight teeth they will be more proud to flash a smile. Consult with your pediatric dentist in Pacifica, CA today to see if your teen is in need of braces or if they can go without them.