Most people associate braces primarily with early adolescence because, after all, we tend to see a lot more teenagers wearing braces than adults or younger children. Thanks to modern advances in orthodontic technology, people of practically any age can improve their dental health with braces and other straightening treatments.
Many dentists begin to discuss the developing need for corrective orthodontics for children around age seven, but typically treatment may not be necessary until age 10.
Along with improving your smile, there are countless reasons to get braces at any age. Straight and correctly aligned teeth make it easier to keep your teeth clean, and brushing and flossing are more effective. On the other hand, crowded and crooked teeth create many pockets and hard-to-clean places where plaque is prone to grow, thus increasing the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment can also improve your speaking ability, and in almost every case, it will enhance the primary function of your teeth—chewing food!
Whether you’re considering braces for yourself or wondering if your child needs braces soon, it is best not to wait. Call us today at (562) 925-3765 to schedule a consultation to see if braces are right for you or your child now. You are closer than you think to a perfect smile!
Children benefit from braces the most because their heads, jaw, and mouth are still developing; they respond better and faster to adjustments and re-alignments of their teeth than the average adult. Watch for any of these things to know if your child should get braces soon: