Does your child need a brace? 5 advantages from our family dental team

As a parent, you will always want to do what’s best for your child.
And, while it is rarely something that parents ever want to talk about, by the age of 7 your child may be called in to see an orthodontist to determine if they will need braces.
Why does this happen so early? Because at this stage, an X-ray and examination will reveal if your child’s adult teeth are going to be aligned or not and as is the way with dental care, early intervention is the best way to prevent complications later on.
But are braces really worth it for children?
At Brisbane Laser Dentist, our Coorparoo family dental team agrees that when it comes to braces and aligners, the earlier the treatment is started, the more comfortable, affordable and less stigmatising it usually is. We have overseen the orthodontic treatment of many children and teenagers and can attest to the advantages that the wearing of a brace offers in the long term.
Here, our Coorparoo family dental team lists our top 5 benefits of braces.
Straighter teeth are typically healthier teeth
There is no way around it; teeth that are straighter are easier to clean.
And when your child comes to our Coorparoo family dental team for braces, this will help them to learn how to brush correctly and learn other oral hygiene habits that will help them when they are older. Cleaner teeth are less likely to succumb to decay, gum disease and oral infections.
Better facial symmetry
It is astonishing how the position of the teeth in the mouth can impact on the symmetry of the face.
If your child has teeth that are leaning to one side, then this can cause their face to appear slightly crooked, which will probably impact their confidence at a later date in life. So, by implementing a brace to correct such leanings at a young age, you can actually help your child to feel better about their appearance years down the line.
Wisdom teeth
A common issue when children are between the ages of 11-17 is the eruption of wisdom teeth.
And as you may have guessed, wearing a brace at an earlier age can help to alleviate impactions, infections and the general nuisance that these teeth bring.
By using a brace to help space out your children’s teeth and palate and create more room in the mouth, these teeth are more likely to erupt without any secondary complications.
Clearer speech
The link between misaligned teeth and speech impediments like lisps are well documented in children, teenagers and adults.
So, by having your child wear a brace, you can correct any issues with speech and pronunciation, which will once again boost their confidence later in life.
Reduces risk of dental injury
If your child has protruding teeth or an overbite, should they fall over, the risk of facial injury increases.
If your child’s teeth are well aligned, then a fall to the floor is nothing more than an embarrassing moment!
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.