No kid wants to have braces. However, the benefits later in life make braces worth the trouble for every child. They’ll be left with a flawless smile. Here at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics, we are proud to offer braces for kids and encourage you to learn more about it.
Signs a Child May Require Braces
The most conspicuous sign is crooked teeth. A crooked smile can be correct in just a few years with braces. However, there are more signs that a child may require braces. Pain while eating could be a sign your child needs braces. A child could also frequently bite his lip, cheek, or roof of the mouth. Another sign that a child might need braces is a misaligned jaw.
Improved appearance is the number one benefit of braces; however, there are many benefits that people may not know about. Speech is even improved with braces. Aligning the teeth with braces could also reduce future damage too. By putting the teeth in position, you are preventing grinding and future teeth shifting.
Your child may feel self-conscious while the braces are on, but they will have an increased self-image once the braces come off. By getting the braces put on as soon as the adult teeth come in you are also getting them ahead of the curb. They will have higher self-confidence during their important teenage years.
Long Term Benefits of Braces for Kids
The benefits of braces are life long. Not only are you teaching your child to care for their teeth, you are teaching them that normal dentist visits are routine. These habits will carry on into adulthood. Generally speaking, having straight teeth will lessen the chance of having more serious dental issues in the future.
For more information on how braces for kids can help, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics. At our convenient locations in Oak Lawn and Frankfort, we can examine your child’s teeth and determine which options are best. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!