Braces have become extremely common these days. You would find it difficult to set foot in a room where no one had received orthodontic treatment. Our very own Parkcrest Dental Group orthodontist in Springfield, MO, has helped people of all ages correct their teeth for more than 30 years.
You can now discretely receive treatment as an adult with Invisalign. You can also bring your children in at an early age to give them 2-phase braces. With so many options out there, how do you know when to contact an orthodontist and when to get orthodontic care for your child? In today’s Parkcrest Dental Group blog, we help you figure out the best time to take your child to the orthodontist for braces.
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Most Common Ages
Though your child can receive braces at any time once his or her teeth have grown in, most orthodontists find that braces function best on children between the ages of 11 and 14. This age group typically have all their adult teeth and have lost their baby teeth, but their jaws, mouths, and heads will continue growing throughout the treatment.
This allows the braces to effectively treat overbites, underbites, and other serious alignment issues. Most of the braces patients at Parkcrest Dental Group fall into this age group. Kids this age will usually see the shortest correction times and the most effective treatments, but your child can get treatment at an earlier or later age.
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Some situations, such as severe crossbites and malocclusions, call for a 2-phase treatment from many orthodontists. Crossbites occur when the upper teeth and bottom teeth don’t align side to side.
The upper teeth may rub the cheek on the right side of the mouth and sit inside the bottom row of teeth on the left side of the mouth. Parkcrest Dental Group may consider implementing phase-2 treatment for younger children with these severe issues, but we cannot say until we see the individual case.
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Contact Parkcrest Dental Group for More Info on Braces
If you believe your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment, Parkcrest Dental Group can help assess the extent of your child’s orthodontic needs. If you already know your child will need braces in Springfield, MO, our Parkcrest Dental Group orthodontist will be more than happy to help you. Contact your favorite dentists in Springfield, MO online today to get started on your oral and orthodontic needs.