Orthodontic problems may begin right from the day a child’s first teeth erupt. This is why it is recommended for children to visit the dentist early, and if any problems seem to be developing, the dentist will refer the parents to an orthodontist. Children who receive orthodontic care at the right time may have few, if any, orthodontic problems later in life. If you live in Orland Park or the surrounding area, you can choose from several types of braces for kids at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics.
There are a number of reasons why kids need braces. The most common reasons are crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, overbite and under bite. These problems may be caused by early thumb sucking, accidents or missing teeth, but the most commonplace cause is heredity. Just because your dentist recommends an orthodontist, it doesn’t mean your child will be getting braces immediately. Some children don’t mind getting braces and think a mouth full of metal is cool. Others want to avoid the metal mouth smile and opt for more discreet methods of getting their teeth straightened.
New technology has made traditional metal braces smaller than decades past and with colorful elastics or wires, they even seem fun. Metal braces come with dietary restrictions because eating hard or sticky food can break the brackets and wires. Today, your child has a choice of tooth-colored braces for kids that are very discreet.
For example, clear ceramic braces have clear brackets. Ceramic braces may also be tooth-colored. They treat orthodontic problems the same way metal braces do. The thin wires may be slightly visible, but they are much less visible than metal braces.
If your child needs braces in Orland Park, it is best to find out when they are young. Some orthodontic issues are easier to correct if the treatment starts early and more serious problems can be prevented. We typically recommend that you visit our orthodontist when you child’s first primary teeth start to fall out.
At Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics in Frankfort and Oak Lawn, we proudly offer braces for kids, as well as braces for teens and adults. We happily serve clients in Orland Park and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about braces for kids.