Beat Braces To The Punch
- February 1, 2016
Seven is a magic number.
Cultures all over the world regard the number as special, usually describing as a symbol of good luck.
Seven is also the age at which most problems with your children’s smile can be corrected with maximum results. It’s an ideal age both in terms of their maturity to accept treatment as well as the ease with which the bones in their face and jaw will respond to non-invasive, corrective treatments.
If you start your child on the path to proper orthodontic health early, then the road they walk into adulthood will be much smoother, happier, and more confident.
Less bumps in their road translates into less orthodontic or other corrective work that they might need once they’re all grown up. Tackling orthodontic problems at such a young age can prevent expensive and painful corrective surgeries later in their life.
Without a doubt, giving your child the gift of a straighter smile while they’re young is more than a gift: It’s an investment in them and in their future.
First Thing’s First
Before I get into the two main types of orthodontic treatments that will transform the smiles of your little ones, there is one important step that must be taken before any other: Calling me!
By setting up an appointment for an examination, I can determine what the best course of action will be to fix their smile. It also establishes comfort within your child, as their first dental appointment (as this might very well be) is critical for ensuring how well they take to receiving treatments.
By starting them early before there are problems, they’ll learn to associate your Boca Raton dentist with their growing self-esteem and the other positive benefits of good oral health that result from preventative orthodontics.
If you wait to bring them in until they’re experiencing the pain of cramped, crooked teeth, then they’ll be more likely to resist treatment, at least in the beginning.
More so, they could wind up with braces they didn’t even need if you’d have seen me earlier, which will cost you more money and cost them more than a few jokes at their own expense on the playground.
Two Phases of Dentofacial Treatments
Once I’ve determined the exact nature of any issues within their smile, I can start the first phase of dentofacial treatments.
These usually involve creating an apparatus that your child will wear that will correct the bones supporting their teeth more quickly and more efficiently than if they received the treatment later in life.
I am happy to report that, in many many cases where a parent has brought their child in early for a Phase I treatment, they don’t even need a Phase II follow-up.
If you don’t do anything to help them out now, or if your child’s needs are particularly great, then I will recommend a Phase II step in the treatment. This usually involves a more direct appliance like a set of braces.
Over time, the braces will correct their formerly difficult smile into a straighter, healthier version in just a year or two.
In many cases, teenagers receive Phase II dentofacial treatments more than anybody else (with the exception of adults who’ve neglected their own smiles for too long).
After a certain age, the bones in the human body – including those in the face and in the jaw – have less potential for change and have largely grown into the final positions without treatment. That’s why Phase II treatments are more intensive; they have to deal with the body’s natural aging processes.
As you can expect, wearing a set of metal braces can create a number of problems for a teenager’s budding sense of self-esteem.
Yet when you bring them to me, I can give them the good news: They won’t have to wear metal braces at all for a better, more perfect smile!
That’s because I use Invisalign clear braces. They achieve the same effect as traditional metal braces, but are made of clear, removable plastic. I design them for excellent comfort, so even they might forget they’re wearing them once in awhile!
Invisalign clear braces are an ideal Phase II treatment for teens because their peers at school won’t be able to notice them. Your adolescent will appreciate the extra privacy and the lack of bully’s bull’s-eye taking up real estate in their mouths!
Whether you have a 7-year-old or a 17-year-old on the cusp of adulthood, they can receive benefits of a lifetime when you bring them to my office for their next (or even first) appointment.
You can make that appointment by calling me at 561-235-3100, or you can request an appointment online.
Let seven be your lucky number when it comes to the smile of your loved ones!
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