As a parent you worry about your child’s dental care and may be facing the question of whether braces are right for your child. Braces are used to improve the patient’s appearance and smile, but they also help correct many serious dental problems. These issues may cause headaches and earaches as well as lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
Is the Time Right for Braces?
Braces can be beneficial even from an early age, but adults also wear them to fix minor problems and improve their smile. Most patients go into their braces between the ages of 10 and 14. Teeth straightening can work best while the mouth and head are still growing. Keep in mind that these are sensitive years for children. Parents should discuss braces with them before they are applied.
What are the Best Types of Braces?
Your orthodontist can recommend the best braces for your individual needs, but you may have some choices to make. Metal, brackets, plastic, and ceramic braces are bonded to the actual teeth. Ceramic brackets are less noticeable than metal versions. They are either tooth colored or clear. Concealed, or Lingual, braces are attached to the back of the teeth so they aren’t seen.
Another option is clear, removable aligners. These braces are virtually invisible, and the fact that they can be removed means food won’t get trapped where it can cause further problems. Each set of aligners are worn for approximately two weeks. They are taken out for brushing and eating.
Where Can I get More Information?
The team at Beach Braces Orthodontics is waiting to answer all of your questions and concerns. You can find more information by contacting our office or calling 310-379-0006 to schedule your initial evaluation.