Orthodontics for Parents The value of healthy, even and white teeth brought by appropriate orthodontic treatment should not be underestimated for several reasons. For one thing, crooked, crowded and misaligned teeth are hard to clean, thus, resulting in tooth decay, gum loss and eventual tooth loss while also contributing to inefficient chewing function, misalignment of the joints in the jaw, and excessive stress on gum tissue, among others.

Secondly, a pleasing appearance characterized by an attractive smile is a vital asset to one’s sense of worth and confidence. Most individuals will assert that their healthy teeth were important in their personal and professional success!

It then comes as little to no surprise that children, teens and adults consider their orthodontic treatment options as important in their enjoyment of a productive, happy and healthy life.

Importance of Early Intervention Amongst Children

Why is early orthodontic treatment important considering that children below 7 years old still have many of their baby teeth? Experts in dental health suggest that children should see an orthodontist on or before reaching the age of 7 for an early diagnosis of possible problems like cross bites, crowding, and misalignment, among others. Keep in mind that by the age of 7, the first permanent molars and incisors have come in and these possible orthodontic issues can be seen.

For children requiring early orthodontic treatment, its benefits in future dental and overall health cannot be overlooked.

The treatment presents the following opportunities for the orthodontist:

Orthodontics for Children
  • Guide the appropriate growth including the alignment of the jaw
  • Regulate the width of both the lower and upper dental arches
  • Set the incoming permanent teeth into their desired positions
  • Lessen, if not eliminate, harmful oral habits, speech problems and abnormal swallowing as well as likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
  • Shorten the time or simplify the procedures necessary for future orthodontic treatment options
  • Improve personal appearance

Importance of Orthodontic Procedures for Teenagers and Adults

Orthodontics for Teenagers and Adults Even teenagers and adults will benefit from orthodontic procedures. Both groups are motivated by beautiful smiles characterized by healthy, white and even teeth but the most important reason for getting the appropriate orthodontic treatment is to ensure healthy gums, teeth and mouth regardless of their age.

Keep in mind that teens and adults are more likely to suffer from bouts of mild depression caused by their low levels of self-confidence and self-worth, no thanks to their crooked, crowded and misaligned teeth. Oral health issues like tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease, among others, are also more likely to affect teens and adults especially in the presence of underlying medical conditions like diabetes.

Indeed, appropriate orthodontic care is a must for all individuals regardless of their age. This is true even when the adults see little to no need for orthodontic treatment like braces and retainers for their children including young kids and teenagers.

Like all orthodontic treatment options, you can use your dental insurance plan coupled with your credit card and cash to pay for the procedure. Just be sure to discuss your payment options with the orthodontist to arrive at an agreeable payment method.

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