If you had braces as a kid, you may remember frequent trips to the orthodontist’s office, where you would endure adjustments and maybe even the addition of orthodontic elastics to correct your bite.
Understandably, many parents want to spare their child the experience of braces. Although braces are often considered a rite of passage in our society, they can also sometimes expose a child to teasing or bullying. Braces also cost money, which can put a strain on the family budget.
The good news is that orthodontic treatment has come a long way over the past few decades, with big changes occurring in just the past 10 years. The braces you knew as a child are long gone, and today’s orthodontic treatment tends to be faster, with advanced technology that allows orthodontists to see exactly how treatment will progress right from the start.
However, families today have many options. Here are a few to consider:
Early Dental Visits
Most children begin getting their adult teeth around six years old (although some may start losing teeth earlier or later). You should begin taking your child for regular dental exams and cleanings as soon as he or she begins getting baby teeth. This helps your child get accustomed to the dentist from an early age. It also allows the dentist to spot potential problem areas, such as overcrowding or a palate that needs to be expanded. In some cases, orthodontic interventions, such as a palate expander, can obviate the need for braces down the road. We can also remove teeth or make placeholders in the mouth to allow the adult teeth to come in properly positioned for a good bite and a beautiful smile.
If your child is reluctant to wear traditional metal braces with brackets, he or she can opt for the Invisalign system, which moves the teeth with a series of custom-made clear aligners. These aligners are made to fit your child’s mouth, and apply subtle pressure to the teeth to make them move. Similar to mouth guards worn during sports activities, they are quite thin, so they are barely noticeable. They can also be removed for eating and brushing, which helps young people keep their teeth clean, even during orthodontic treatment.
Modern Braces Are Pretty Cool!
Because Invisalign does not work for all types of orthodontic treatment, your child may still need traditional braces. However, there are plenty of options here, too. For example, your child may choose clear brackets (and even clear wires!) that make the braces less noticeable. Modern braces are also much smaller than their predecessors, and their low-profile design makes them easy to wear and less likely to cause irritation in the mouth. Your child may also wish to explore the possibility of lingual braces, which are fitted to the back of the teeth, so they are not visible to others.
There is good news for parents, too! With many different types of payment options and payment plans, financing the cost of braces is easier than ever before. If you are concerned about affording orthodontic treatment, call us to learn more about the payment plans we offer. Chances are, braces are much more affordable than you thought.
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