After all of your child’s permanent teeth erupt, it is important to ensure that his or her smile matures and develops properly. Having a nice smile could have an impact on a child in many ways and for many years. Take your child to an orthodontist to see if she or he will need braces so that you can make plans for ongoing orthodontic treatment. Dr. Deborah Lien at Lien Orthodontics in Blooming Prairie, MN, (also serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN) will perform an exam and consult you about the process of getting braces.
Braces for Kids
Many children are not born with ideally aligned teeth—their smiles need some help. Braces guide, train, and straighten your child’s teeth over a period of months or years. Most traditional braces are made of metal or ceramic brackets. Each bracket is bonded to the front of each tooth using a very durable bonding agent and used as a support for wires that tighten and adjust the smile. Some older teens are candidates for Invisalign, which are nearly invisible aligners.
Common Orthodontic Needs in Children
There are a wide variety of orthodontic problems that children can experience, and your Blooming Prairie, MN, orthodontist can treat them all. Here are some of the most common issues:
- Overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
- Teeth that protrude because of thumb-sucking.
- Extra teeth that sit above the gumline (also called abnormal eruptions).
- Tooth gaps.
- Teeth that are either too big or too small.
- Crowded and overlapping teeth.
Determining if Your Child Needs Braces
There’s a good chance that your child will need braces for some period of time. According to a National Institutes of Health research study, as many as 90 percent of children may have some type of orthodontic issue. Your orthodontist will look at dental X-rays after examining the teeth visually and determine the best treatment plan. Some teen-aged patients may qualify for a special solution called Invisalign for teens.
Start Braces Treatment Early
The sooner the braces are placed, the better for your child’s dental health. Call (507) 583-6613 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Lien at her office in Blooming Prairie, MN, also serving Austin, Owatonna, Albert Lea, and Hayfield, MN.