When to Consider Braces for Your Child

closeup of child’s mouth with bracesWhen we think of braces, we often think of teenagers – and most parents do not consider getting braces for their child until they are at least 11 years old. What many parents do not know is that crooked teeth can be a sign of other problems that can affect the child’s breathing, sleep habits, and posture. So when, exactly, should you consider braces for your child?

Getting an Orthodontic Checkup

The AAO (American Academy of Orthodontists) recommends that you take your child for an orthodontic assessment as early as 7 years old. Braces are not typically applied until a child reaches age 11-13, but your orthodontist in Skokie, IL may determine that corrective treatment should be commenced earlier.

Dentists will often wait until all of the child’s baby teeth have fallen out because this reduces the need for repeat treatment, but incorrect dental growth can impact the child’s facial structure, airway, and spine. To ensure that a child’s jaw develops correctly, you want to make sure that no corrective therapy is needed earlier on.

Signs Your Child Needs Braces

If you are unsure about whether or not your child needs braces, there are some telltale signs you should look out for:

  • Mouth Breathing – This indicates that a child’s upper dental arch is crooked, leading to cramped sinuses and airways. The child may also snore at night, have difficulty sleeping, and present with a slumped posture. A child may need corrective therapy such as palate expanders to open the airways before they can receive braces
  • Crooked Teeth – This is the most obvious sign that a child needs braces, but it does not always indicate more serious

Ensuring Your Child’s Health

Call Northwestern Dental Group today to set up an orthodontic assessment at one of our five locations today. Our capable orthodontists in Niles, Arlington Heights, Park City, Vernon Hills, or Skokie can determine if your child needs braces or other corrective treatment.