Orthodontists recently suggested the use of teeth braces for adolescents and younger. It has been recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics or AAO that all children aged 7 years old should have an orthodontic screening and orthodontic treatments. At this age, children begin to develop their permanent teeth and bones are beginning to develop too, in this case, a child should need to have a screening to determine what kind of treatment that is needed for him / her.
From the research or studies that were made by specialists it was shown that having an early orthodontic treatment will prevent a child from a complex treatment in the future. It will be easier to correct orthodontic problems when the bone or skeleton is still on the stage of growing and development since it is still flexible.
There are three orthodontic tips or guidelines to help parents avoid complex treatments in the future. These tips are making the patient feel more involved about the cure by making braces hip; next tip is making the children used to this and the last would be about the importance, advantage or use of having an early treatment.
According to Dr. Cangialosi, an orthodontic specialist, putting some colorful elastic on the braces can be a very good way of involving a child to the orthodontic cure. Children can choose different colors or rubber bands that will be attached to the wires of the brace. They can match it from the theme of holidays – red for Christmas, black for Halloween and the likes.
The next tip is about getting a child used to this and makes him / her comfortable with this treatment. There can be a lot of difficulties that a child can experience; one example is that foods can get wedged within the wires. It may take too long to brush and clean the teeth in this situation since there is a need to use floss and two toothbrushes – brushes that are recommended by the dentists for people who are in the process of this treatment. Patients can also feel pain because of the adjustments that are made to correct the alignment of teeth and jaw. In this kind of situation, it is helpful if a patient will take some pain relievers to less the discomfort and soreness that it might cause. As soon as a child becomes used to this, it will be easy for him / her to complete the necessary treatment for himself.
The last and very important thing to know about early orthodontic cures is that if a patient will have it as early as 7 years old, it will be easier to straighten or align the bones. The reason is that, at this age, teeth starts to grow and develop; it is flexible enough to align even before the permanent teeth come out. In this way, teeth will be kept from emerging through the gums in better alignments. As soon as the permanent teeth come out, it will be aligned properly and there is no need to go some complex treatments anymore.