Many people, especially parents, ask the question, “when is the best age for braces?” They don’t want their kids to get them too early, as they may need more treatment later on, but getting braces too late may mean their children will have to wear them for a longer period of time as they enter their teen years. While there is no perfect age to get braces, there are a few factors to consider when deciding the best option for your child. (more…)
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Did you know that the need for braces goes behind the noticeable crooked or misaligned teeth? You may not be able to tell if your child needs braces just by looking at their teeth, which is why an orthodontic evaluation is an essential part of kids’ dental care. Every child is different and may need braces at a different time in their life, but this evaluation can help you determine the best age for your child’s specific situation. (more…)
About four million people of all ages wear braces in the US, but we often thinking of teens as the biggest age group for orthodontics. While children and adults can benefit from braces, teens may benefit the most from orthodontics. Continue reading to learn about three major benefits of teen braces. (more…)
A parent’s job is to keep their kids happy and healthy, and sometimes, that means knowing when they should get braces. However, it’s not always easy to know when it’s time to bring up the discussion or to visit the orthodontist. Continue reading to learn how to know if your child needs braces. (more…)
Kids can need braces for any number of reasons. They may have crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth, or they may have a bad bite known as malocclusion. Malocclusion is when there’s a difference in the sizes of the top and bottom jaws. When the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw, it’s called an overbite. When the lower jaw is bigger, it’s called an underbite. Tooth and jaw problems can be caused by losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits such as thumb sucking. They are also often inherited, so if you or someone in your family needed braces, it’s likely that your kids will, too. (more…)
Most people aren’t born with perfect smiles. In fact, about 90 percent of children will experience overcrowding teeth. While milder cases may not require treatment, those with severe crowding will want to contact their dental specialist. Serious overcrowding can have a negative impact on your child’s smile, increasing their chances of decay and gum disease since it’s harder to thoroughly brush those areas. As permanent teeth come in some children may develop problematic bites. Open bites and overbites can easily be corrected by realigning the jaw with braces. Underbites and cross bites are less common, but also can be treated with orthodontics. (more…)
When you think of braces, you might think about how you see them on high school kids, and how much you don’t want them. Or maybe, you used to have braces, and your teeth have moved because you never wore your retainer (be honest!). The truth is, it’s never too late to get braces. More and more adults are signing up for the process–one million adults in America and Canada have braces. Technology has also changed, and the process is much less painful than it was when you were fourteen. The benefits of a better smile should bring you closer to the idea of braces. Read on to discover why braces might be right for you, even now.
It’s time to give it to you straight—it is never too late for braces. Baltimore moves fast and in the midst of your busy life, achieving that perfect smile may be low on your to-do list. Truth is, not only is it never too late for braces, but braces are not nearly as time-consuming as you think—just ask the growing number of adults talking to their Baltimore orthodontist and dentist about braces for adults.