Braces for Children: What Age is Appropriate and What Signs Should I Look For?
Every day, I help patients who need to correct the alignment of their teeth. If your child’s teeth are out of alignment, you may wish to invest in corrective braces. But how do you know if your child needs braces? And what age should your child be?
Keep reading as we discuss the signs your child needs braces and the appropriate age for receiving them. This guide will help you plan your child’s dental care and determine whether you need a trip to the dentist.
Does My Child Need Braces? Keep An Eye Out For These Signs
Below are some of the top signs your child needs braces. If your child is showing any of these symptoms, you should book an appointment with your dentist to discuss correction with braces.
Any issues with your child’s teeth, such as jaw misalignment or misaligned teeth, could show up in their eating behaviours. Is your child having any difficulties when chewing their food? Braces may help with these issues.
If your child grinds their teeth, this indicates that their teeth are in an obstructive position. It is best to have this checked with your dentist, as excessive teeth grinding can lead to enamel erosion.
Thumb And Finger Sucking
If your child is a thumb or finger sucker, this may have consequences for the alignment of their teeth. By lodging their finger or thumb between their front teeth, your child may move and change the alignment of their teeth. If your child sucks their thumb, it’s a good idea to have your child’s teeth checked at the dentist.
Crowded And Misplaced Teeth
Crowded and misplaced teeth are teeth that overlap and obstruct one another. This can lead to a number of issues, including plaque buildup and poor self-esteem. Manage these issues early with the help of braces.
Overbites and underbites indicate the need for braces, as both conditions can seriously hinder your child’s ability to use their mouth. Your dentist will be able to recommend head braces, dental braces, and other treatments to correct jaw problems.
Early Loss Of Milk Teeth
If your child loses their milk teeth too early, their teeth may not be adequately spaced. If a new adult tooth grows too early, it could occupy too much space and cause misalignment. It’s important to flag this with your dentist.
What Is The Appropriate Age For Braces?
Parents often wonder whether it is too early or too late for their child to get braces. Of course, if your child does not yet have a complete set of adult teeth, they will likely not be eligible for braces.
The ideal age for braces is normally between the ages of 12 and 13, as the child’s mouth will still be developing and is more malleable. However, your child can have braces fitted before or after this age, so long as they have all their adult teeth.
If you notice any of the above signs that your child may need braces, you should speak to your Bentleigh East dentist and book an appointment. Your child requires regular dental check-ups to ensure they are taking proper care of their teeth – we must make our best effort to preserve our natural teeth. Contact Verve Dental today for more information.