9 Common Questions and Answers for Parents Considering Braces for their Children

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If you’re a parent considering braces for your child, you may have questions about the treatment. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about preparing for braces.

Q: What causes crooked teeth?

A: There are a few factors that can cause crooked teeth. A misaligned jaw can cause the mouth to close incorrectly. Malocclusion is a genetic condition that causes teeth to become crowded, crooked or protruding. Additionally, habits like sucking your thumb can cause crowded teeth.

An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and lead to problems with the jaw.

Q: When should I take my child to get braces?

A: Orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14, when a child’s face and mouth are usually still growing, making the teeth and jaw easier to adjust. The best age for braces is specific to the individual, so talk to your child’s orthodontist about the best plan of action.

Q:  Why would my child need braces?

A: Sometimes crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw are genetic, while other times they develop from habits or accidents. Braces correct the appearance of teeth, but also improve chewing and speaking abilities when teeth create other problems.

Q: I’m an adult. How do I know if I need braces?

A: If you didn’t have braces as a child or didn’t follow your orthodontist’s advice after your braces were removed, you could have crooked teeth as an adult. Your dentist can tell you if braces are right for you.

Q: How long will my child have braces? How long do braces last?

A: Over and under-bites generally take longer to correct than straightening crooked teeth. Your child’s orthodontist will be able to give you an accurate time frame. Most people wear braces for 1 to 3 years.

Q: How much do braces cost?

A: The cost of straightening your teeth depends on the method you choose and the length of your treatment plan. Metal or ceramic braces range from $3,000 to $8,000.

If you think your child might benefit from braces, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss options. Look for a new dentist? Click here.

Do you have advice for parents researching braces? Leave your words of wisdom in the comment section below!

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11 Responses to “9 Common Questions and Answers for Parents Considering Braces for their Children”

  1. Jack
    12/15/2018 at 1:53 pm #

    The most informative post you have shared on this page about the age for braces but There are a few factors that can cause crooked teeth. A misaligned jaw can cause the mouth to close incorrectly. Malocclusion is a genetic condition that causes teeth to become crowded, crooked or protruding. Additionally, habits like sucking your thumb can cause crowded teeth.
    Thanks.

    • Ryan Boulding →
      12/17/2018 at 11:46 am #

      Thanks for reading, Jack!

  2. Stefen Moore
    01/23/2019 at 11:51 pm #

    Nice article Ryan,
    In the past traditional metal braces were the only option to fix the teeth but in present we can try invisalign: clear aligners that are invisible and more easy to maintain these metal braces. For adults plastic aligners are the best option as they will not feel awkward when they go to high school or college.

    • Ryan Boulding →
      01/28/2019 at 10:48 am #

      Isn’t technology great?

  3. Sunrise Dental
    01/28/2019 at 6:46 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the best post. This blog has been told about the implications of the braces and its cost and it works to straighten the crooked teeth.

  4. Walcott speer
    02/21/2019 at 12:19 am #

    Nice and to the point article, Moreover with that one can go with Invisalign treatment too for perfecting your smile Invisalign allows patients to correct issues with their teeth such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, gap teeth, open bite, and overcrowding through the use of clear, removable aligners.

  5. Mark Murphy
    02/25/2019 at 8:20 am #

    I really appreciate your tip on how you could need braces as an adult if you never had them as a kid. My wife told me that she is really self-conscious about her teeth at work, but she doesn’t think that she can get braces. I will be sure to tell her that just because she is an adult, that doesn’t mean that she can get braces.

  6. Robert
    02/25/2019 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your article with us! The ideal time for braces is between 10-14 years of age while a child’s face and mouth are still growing. Keep in mind that this age varies case-by-case, so talk to your dentist to get the best recommendation.

  7. Davis
    03/07/2019 at 9:31 pm #

    Love post. Thanks for sharing a knowledgeable post. I will take care of my kid’s dental and overall health care. That’s why I never miss the information regarding kids dental health. Keep sharing new posts.

  8. Amy Winters
    05/02/2019 at 4:21 pm #

    My daughter is at that age where I think she might need to have teeth straightening done. As I was reading your article, you state that treatment should be between the ages of 8 and 14 when they are still growing. Thank you for writing such a great article about braces. I’m going to reach out to a professional in my area to get a consultation for my daughter.

    • Ryan Boulding →
      05/06/2019 at 2:23 pm #

      Reaching out to your dentist should be the first step, Amy.

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