Braces and orthodontic treatment is used to correct crowded or crooked teeth as well as bite problems that may be causing tooth decay, gum disease, abnormal tooth wear, speech problems and jaw problems. Undergoing orthodontic treatment not only improves the appearance of your teeth, but also improves your overall dental health.
Bite problems are usually diagnosed when children are between the ages of 6 and 12 and are best treated when a child is still growing. The age at which treatment begins will vary on an individual basis, and the length of treatment usually lasts anywhere from one to three years.
Consult with your child’s dentist if you feel braces may be necessary to correct bite problems or crowded or crooked teeth. Your child’s dentist may recommend braces and discuss treatment options with you when it will be most beneficial for your child to undergo orthodontic treatment.