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Perfect Your Smile: 9 Benefits of Clear Braces

Perfect Your Smile: 9 Benefits of Clear Braces

Do you need to get your teeth corrected to improve your oral health? Do you want to grow a perfect smile so you can get your dream career? If getting dental correction is the question, braces are often the solution.

Yet, many people feel that braces look unpleasant and can attract negative attention to their teeth. Remember, this is a myth built upon by decades of pop culture pieces like Ugly Betty. Don’t fret yet because you have the option to pick clear braces.

Below, we’ll explain the advantages of clear braces. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Clear Braces Are Less Noticeable

What are clear braces, you ask? Clear braces or ceramic braces work a lot like traditional metal braces. They correct crowded or misaligned teeth or jaws. The difference is that their brackets are clear or tooth-colored instead of metallic materials.

Remember that there are different types of clear braces.

Some people think of products like Invisalign as clear braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays rather than ceramic brackets. With clear braces, you can still see the brackets attached to the teeth. With Invisalign, the tray is almost invisible.

2. They Boost the Patient’s Confidence and Enhance Their Smiles

Because clear braces don’t stand out as much as metal braces, fewer people take notice of your braced smile. This allows people to focus more on your smile or your other features. Having less attention on your braces also keeps unwanted attention away from your dental imperfections.

This is one of the top reasons why manufacturers of clear braces and invisible trays found huge success. Invisalign sales reached $1.47 billion in 2017 alone. It only shows that people want their teeth corrected, but they want to be subtle about it.

3. Clear Braces Correct Misaligned Teeth

One of the most if not the most important reason to get braces is to straighten your teeth. Clear braces don’t only look good on you, they’re also practical investments.

Misalignment or overcrowded teeth can cause a variety of problems. You can develop speech difficulty, jaw strain, or serious tooth decay. You may even experience chronic headaches or jaw strains because of misaligned teeth.

4. They Make Cleaning Your Teeth Easier

Clear braces don’t only correct misaligned or overcrowded teeth. They also make it easier and faster for you to clean your teeth. Once your teeth stop overcrowding, you don’t have to take too long to floss or brush them.

If you have kids, you may know how much they hate brushing. Getting them clear braces is a way to help them improve their oral health practices. Learn how to pick the right braces for kids here.

5. Getting Braces Costs Less Than Getting Tooth Restorations

In oral and dental health, the best type of maintenance is preventative maintenance. It means that you have to care for your teeth well before they break down. Teeth are harder to care for when they become unhealthy, broken, or infected.

It’s also more expensive and difficult to have a tooth restored than to take care of it. The cost of clear braces is small compared to the expenses of restoring your teeth. Before this happens, use braces to align your teeth.

6. Smaller Design

While clear braces share many similarities to metal braces, they are noticeably smaller. The smaller bracket structure ensures they don’t consume much space in front of the teeth.

This makes them ideal for kids busy in school. A Harvard study discovered that only about one in five orthodontic patients is over 18 years old. Your kid might appreciate the fact that their braces don’t cover up most of their teeth.

7. They Are Easy to Remove After the Treatment

Once your teeth fall into their proper places, it won’t take long for the braces to come out. The bonding agents that dentists use to attach the brackets to your teeth won’t damage them. Your tooth enamel will remain safe and intact before and after the braces come off.

Speaking of the bonding agents, they won’t demineralize the tooth enamel. Your teeth won’t break down because of the bonding agents. The bonding agents and braces will remain strong and adhesive, as well.

8. Clear Braces Correct Misalignment or Malocclusion Faster

Compared to clear aligners like Invisalign, clear braces can straighten your teeth at a faster rate. The invisible aligner solution can take a year or longer before you see results. With ceramic braces, it can only take 18 to 36 months to get straight teeth, depending on the misalignment.

Note that metal braces are still the faster solution. The adjustments with clear braces are smaller compared to metal braces. With metal braces, you can get your teeth straightened in less than a year up to three years.

9. Clear Braces Improve Oral and General Health

Remember that the teeth are only a few cogs in the whole machine. If your teeth are straight, functional, and healthy, the rest of your oral system is healthy, as well. The more you clean your teeth, the more you promote good oral and general health.

You are more at risk of periodontal disease when your teeth overlap or crowd each other. Periodontal disease can contribute to other systemic illnesses. Thus, the sooner you improve the alignment of your teeth, the quicker you remove that risk.

Get Clear Braces Now

That ends our guide on the many benefits of getting clear braces.

We hope you enjoyed reading this guide on the pros of clear braces and why you need to get them. If you want to learn more about teeth-straightening procedures, check out our other blog posts. We’ll tackle similar topics, like how to know if you need clear braces.

Do you want to help your kid develop the perfect smile? Get in touch with us right here by completing a referral form.

6 Things to Plan for When You Get Braces

6 Things to Plan for When You Get Braces

Are you seeking braces for yourself or your child

Starting the journey to straighter teeth is exciting, but if you’ve never been to an orthodontist or worked towards straighter teeth and a better bite before it’s reasonable to be apprehensive.

How is it going to go? What can you expect from the first braces installation? Is there going to be any pain or discomfort?

We’re here to help ease your worries. Keep reading to learn all about what to expect when you or your child is getting braces.

1. Mild to Moderate Discomfort

Straightening your teeth is like moving bones in your mouth incredibly slowly. While the process is supposed to be gentle, it’s not going to be painless, especially when you’re first getting started. 

The pain from braces can be as minimal as mild discomfort or throbbing and as extreme as pain that keeps you or your child up at night. When your bite is changing there’s a lot of pressure on your teeth.

The discomfort should pass as you get used to the braces, but whenever they’re tightened or adjusted it may return.

Conventional metal braces may also cause pain on the lips and sides of the mouth while clear aligners can irritate the gums and tongue when they’re first put in.

You can avoid and manage some of the discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication, drinking cool water, using lip balm and topical oral anesthetic, and using chewing sticks if you’re using clear aligners.

Mild discomfort can be treated with salt water rinses.

If you have excessive pain be sure to check with your orthodontist about what’s considered normal.

2. Meal Changes

If you’re used to eating whatever you want whenever you want you’re going to have to make some adjustments when you get braces

When you first start treatment you’re going to be in pain. This means that on your first day with braces (and through the first week or so depending on your pain) you’re going to want to stick with soft foods.

When you get fitted for metal braces it’s best to avoid anything chewy, hard, large, sticky, or carbonated. It’s also best to avoid excess sugar for the health of your teeth while you’re getting through your treatment.

Invisalign users have some more flexibility. These braces come out during meals so you’re able to eat most of the things that you love. That being said, you’ll also need to bring a toothbrush and floss with you whenever you eat so you can remove any residual food or drink from your teeth.

3. Best Hygiene Practices 

Even though you’re routinely seeing an orthodontist or dentist you can still end up with cavities or other tooth problems while you’re completing your treatment.

Brushing with metal braces can be difficult and it’s easy for food to get stuck inside the wires. Brushing carefully, using mouthwash, and avoiding sugary foods is the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy. It will also help you to maintain their whiteness, something that can be hard to pay attention to while your teeth are adjusting. 

You should look for a toothbrush with rounded bristles for easier and gentler navigation. You should also seek out fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free. 

Even if braces make it difficult to floss you still need to get between your teeth regularly to avoid plaque build-up. You can use a floss pick, floss threader, or water floss device to make this easier.

Invisalign users need to brush your teeth after every meal or snack before you put your aligners back in. Not doing this can cause cavities from food and drinks caught between the aligners and your teeth.

4. Followup Appointments

Getting your braces isn’t a one-time occurrence. When you first get your braces your orthodontist will schedule your next appointment and give you an idea of how often they’d like to see you depending on your circumstances.

During your appointments, your dentist will adjust your braces and ensure that the teeth are moving as planned. This will cause some soreness though it should be easier than the first day.

Invisalign users still need to get checkups even though you replace your aligners on your own. 

5. Duration of the Process

From your first day of braces, you’ll probably be excited to get them off and see your new and improved smile.

Don’t get too excited though. Orthodontic work can take a long time and there’s no safe way to rush it.

When you get your braces you can expect to take anywhere from 6 months to 6 years to complete treatment depending on the state of your teeth and jaw. Mild cases for people with mostly straight teeth or people who weren’t careful with retainer use the last time they got braces are more likely to be on the shorter end.

The installation process can take 2 hours and the subsequent appointments should be about an hour each.

6. You Notice Them More Than Anyone Else

Many people are self-conscious when they get their braces put on. Children and adults alike can feel uncomfortable or insecure with the new look. 

In reality, the average person isn’t going to pay attention to your braces and the reward of a great smile when you’re done is worthwhile. 

Patients who are insecure about the appearance of braces should consider opting for clear aligners instead. For children in particular, though, braces are commonplace and shouldn’t be a concern.

Getting Ready for Your First Braces Installation? 

It’s normal to have the jitters before your first braces installation. There’s nothing to be worried about.

While you may have some discomfort and difficulty eating at first, you’ll end the experience with a healthy bite and a beautiful smile that’s easier to maintain.

When you’re looking for the perfect orthodontist for your smile journey, visit our site to look at the services that we provide. We want to get you the smile that you deserve.

Stay Safe: 5 Ways To Protect your Braces

Stay Safe: 5 Ways To Protect your Braces

Over 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces to fix overbites or underbites, crooked teeth, and correct irregular jaw positions. 

Braces are the key to a winning smile so it’s crucial to protect them so they do an effective job. If you’re not sure how to do this, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are five ways to protect your braces.

1. Brush and Floss Every Day

If you’re unsure how to protect braces, the best place to start is by maintaining good oral hygiene. Brush in the morning and evening to properly remove food debris from around the braces to protect your teeth and gums.

First, rinse your mouth out with water to loosen food caught in your braces. Then remove elastics or any other removable components before brushing. 

Next, hold a manual or electric toothbrush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line and move back-and-forth, covering the tooth’s entire surface area. Focus on the wires and brackets of the braces and start from top-to-bottom, remembering to clean each tooth with gentle pressure. To get a better look, hold back your lip and brush the bracket areas. 

A great way to get between your teeth or clean between the wires is by getting interdental brushes. If there are tighter spaces, use floss thread to remove leftover food that your toothbrush and interdental brush can’t reach. Work it back-and-forth several times between the teeth and wire.

And, for good measure, finish with a swig of mouthwash.

2. Avoid Certain Foods

Start protecting your braces by watching what you eat. Braces have become sturdier thanks to modern technology but certain food that can damage the wire, rubber bands, and the bracket.

As a general rule, avoid food that is sticky, hard, or chewy. These include:

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Gum
  • Apples
  • Corn on the cob 

You must also avoid habits like chewing on pens, nails, or straws as it could harm your braces. Make adjustments so instead of biting into an apple, cut it up into small pieces or choose hull-less popcorn when you’re at the movies.

Recommended foods include:

  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Fruits without pits like bananas
  • Light crackers
  • Noodle dishes

You must maintain a nutritious diet for your oral and overall health. When you do this, you’ll reap the benefits of your orthodontic treatment as a balanced diet sends nutrients to bones and tissues, crucial when you’re wearing braces.

3. Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly 

If your child needs help protecting braces, visit their orthodontist, and avoid skipping appointments. Once the braces are fitted, your little one must visit the orthodontist every six weeks for adjustments.

If they experience pressure for more than a week, contact the orthodontist so they can see whether the braces aren’t adjusted properly or if a part is broken. 

Your child must also visit a dental hygienist twice a year to ensure their teeth and gums are healthy. The oral hygienist will also check for signs of gum disease or cavities as this is a risk if you wear braces but don’t maintain good oral hygiene.

4. Wear a Mouthguard

Not sure how to protect your braces in a fighting sport? 

You must tell your child, “protect your braces while playing sports” by wearing a mouthguard. It’s possible to get a custom-fitted mouthguard that fits snugly over braces.

Orthodontic mouthguards also protect your brackets from impact-related damage so your little one’s lips aren’t caught in the braces which can be excruciating (as you can imagine!). 

Or you can get a boil and bite version at a sporting goods or drug store. For this type of mouthguard to work, you must boil them in hot water and ask your child to bite down so it shapes itself to their mouth.

But although they’re cheaper, they may not fit as well or offer the best protection so it’s better to get orthodontic mouthguards. 

Mouthguards are crucial during sports otherwise the wires or brackets may break or bend which causes pain and discomfort. Further, broken braces may affect teeth movement if the problem isn’t repaired in a timely fashion.

5. Fix Small Issues Immediately 

If wires break or protrude because of an injury, you must visit the orthodontist immediately.

It’s unlikely you need an emergency procedure performed unless you have other injuries like a cracked or missing tooth. 

There may be a day or two until your appointment but you can use orthodontist wax to fix issues like a protruding wire. To do this, take a pencil from the eraser-end and position the wire to a less uncomfortable area. Then, cover the end of the wire with orthodontic wax so it doesn’t cut into the mouth. 

You can also use wax to reattach loose brackets or acts as a cushion between the bracket and gums. If your child has loose bands, these will need to be replaced so save the band and schedule an appointment.

The same goes for loose spacers.

That’s How to Protect Your Braces 

Now you know how to protect your braces whether it’s playing sports or avoiding food that can cause damage.

It’s important to regularly visit the orthodontist so they can make necessary adjustments so avoid skipping appointments. Further, your child must brush and floss daily to maintain healthy gums.

Whenever your little one has a small issue like a bent wire, schedule an appointment immediately as it could compromise the teeth.

If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment, we’d love to help. Complete a referral form here.

7 Tips on Choosing the Right Braces for Your Kids

7 Tips on Choosing the Right Braces for Your Kids

When you hear the word ‘braces’, you might remember wearing them yourself or think back to friends who did. Around four million Americans wear braces, and most of them are children and teens. As a parent of a child who needs braces, you’ll probably have a number of questions, and might be wondering which are the right braces to get for your child.

From cost to color and design, there’s a lot to consider when your child needs braces, and the information can sometimes seem overwhelming. That’s what we’re here for. Below, we’ve outlined our seven tips on choosing the right braces for your kids, so be sure to check them out.

1. Consider Cost

It’s not the most exciting factor, but it’s something to bear in mind when choosing braces for your children. Braces don’t come cheap, and people can often struggle to afford them. Generally, better braces are more expensive, but when your child’s teeth are at stake you won’t want to go for the cheapest option.

Then there’s insurance to think about too. When not on insurance, the cost of braces can double, so you’ll need to take this into account too. Ideally, you should consider your price range, and choose the best, most suitable braces within that.

2. Think About Color

This doesn’t affect the use of the braces, but can be quite important to kids. There are numerous different colors for braces, and often children will want something quite bright and colorful to reflect their personality or interests.

Your child might choose braces in the colors of their favorite sports team, or prefer a color that goes well with their skin tone and eye color — everyone is different. If your child is older or a little self-conscious, they may prefer plain braces as these are more difficult for others to notice.

3. How Modern Will You Go?

Maybe your child would prefer more conventional, traditional braces instead of trying out some newer versions, or vice versa. Generally, modern braces are a little more expensive than traditional braces, as they can be customized to suit your child’s needs and wants more than others.

However, traditional braces are capable of doing the job too — you just might not have as many options when it comes to making the braces your own and customizing them fully. There are a few different types of braces to think about, so it’s worth weighing up each option.

4. Your Child’s Teeth

If your child needs braces, consider the reasons why. Depending on how serious the condition of their teeth is, different types of braces can be utilized. When your child’s occlusion is less severe, braces like Invisalign and trays can be used when it comes to treating their tee

In contrast, more serious instances can prompt the need for stronger, more intricate metallic braces that will be a little more forceful in getting the teeth where they need to be. This is something you’ll probably want to discuss with your child’s orthodontist, as they’re likely to have a good idea of what braces are suitable for your child.

5. How Old is Your Child?

It’s often recommended that your child should first see an orthodontist when they turn seven years of age. This might seem early, but it’s the right age for any issues to be identified — however, they likely won’t need to wear braces straight away.

Sometimes, tweens prefer traditional, metallic braces as they can choose their favorite colors and even change from appointment to appointment. For a child who might be a little nervous about getting braces, these bright braces can make the whole thing fun! There are also ceramic, or porcelain braces, which are made in the same way, but stand out far less as they are neutrally colored.

As Invisalign braces are almost invisible, older children and teenagers will often prefer them. Particularly if they have events like graduations or milestone birthdays coming up, it’s a great way for them to still look just like their friends and not stand out from the crowd.

6. Level of Care Needed

Your child’s level of responsibility is definitely something to consider when it comes to choosing braces for them. Although Invisalign can be a great option for your child, they can be taken out, so you’ll need to ensure that your child is responsible enough to keep them in for 22 hours each day and not forget.

You’re supposed to remove Invisalign braces before eating, brushing and flossing, which has its advantages as the need to avoid various foods is no longer there. Metal braces, despite it being impossible to forget them, need a little more upkeep, as your child will need to avoid eating some foods. Of course, you know your child best, so just take into consideration how old they are.

7. How Active Your Child Is

Is your child sporty, or likely to stay pretty active while they’re wearing their braces? If so, you may want to consider a removable aligner. Whether they have practice or are coming up to the big game, removable braces are a lot more practical than standard metal braces — you don’t want to risk your child breaking them and be left with a sizeable bill.

Of course, if your child doesn’t take part in activities which could see them at risk of damaging their braces, there’s a lot more freedom for them to get the braces they want, whether they be Invisalign or the most colorful, metallic braces they can find!

Choosing the Right Braces

When it comes to choosing the right braces for your child, there’s no straightforward answer. You’ll need to consider everything here, and speak to your child about it too. Just because their friends might go for bright, colorful braces, that doesn’t automatically mean that they will too — everybody’s different, so be sure to involve your child in the decision, as it’s them who have to wear the braces!

If you or your child need braces, there’s a lot to consider. If you’d like to find out everything you need to know, you’re in the right place. Check out some of our other posts, or feel free to contact us today.

How To Find The Top Orthodontic Practice For Your Dental Needs

How To Find The Top Orthodontic Practice For Your Dental Needs

Are you in need of braces for adults and want to find an exceptional orthodontist? There are many qualified orthodontists, but which one is right for you? A focus on finding the best professional that fits your criteria is critical. Follow these simple steps to find a top orthodontic practice that’s right for you.

Find a Top Orthodontic Practice That Offers the Best Cost

If you’re on a budget, you should focus on finding an orthodontist that offers an affordable price. Keep in mind that prices for an orthodontic procedure will vary.

You need to think about the type of adult brace you need. Some of these may consist of titanium braces, Damon braces, invisible braces, lingual braces, and other options.

The prices for these braces range from $3000 to $10,000. To avoid an expensive price, you can opt for traditional metal braces that are the cheapest.

These braces could be the most suitable to correct your dental issues. If cost is a major concern for you, you need to ask around for a professional that offers a reasonable price.

Learn about orthodontic practices from your area that offer payment options that fit your financial needs. You may have the option to pay for a dental service with your credit card, set up an automatic check and savings withdrawal, or you could pay out of pocket.

Search for orthodontists that offer the lowest costs and make a price comparison.

Choose an Orthodontist From a Convenient Location

How far do you have to travel to visit an orthodontist? You should not have to travel a long distance to get to a professional orthodontist.

You save precious time when you can find a professional that’s close to where you live or close to your place of employment. This provides you with convenience, especially if you have repeat visits to an orthodontist.

You can choose a location that makes it easier for you to make your appointments to your orthodontist on time. Learn about different orthodontists from your area and how you can get a comprehensive dental service.

Consider Their Expertise

Consider choosing an orthodontist with vast experience. This is an important rule for you to keep in mind to get a quality service.

Is the orthodontist affiliated with the American Association of Orthodontists? One easy way to verify their background is to use the Internet to learn about an orthodontist’s credentials.

Learn about their degrees, years of practice, licensing, and certification. You can also conduct more research by visiting The American Board of Orthodontics website.

This website provides you with an extensive view of board-certified orthodontists. If you have specific requirements for your dental procedure, you need peace of mind that you’re relying on an orthodontist with the right qualifications and a high level of experience.

Get Recommendations From People You Know

You may have plenty of friends or family members with a history of getting adult braces. They may also know other people that have gone through the process of getting braces.

So, this makes it easier for you to ask people you know about reputable orthodontists from your area. This is an effective strategy you can use to learn about the reputation of various orthodontists.

You can get information about their prices and how long a procedure takes to complete. You may get both positive and negative feedback from people that worked with an orthodontist.

It is also helpful for you to get good recommendations from your dentist. They may have relationships with a network of orthodontists and may refer you to a board-certified orthodontist they trust.

These are excellent recommendations that will help you to get satisfactory results for the dental work you need.

Learn About Orthodontists From Your Community

The Internet is a valuable tool you can use to learn about good and bad orthodontists from your community. You can read reviews to investigate their practice and to learn about a patient’s experience with them.

You may discover various five-star reviews left by satisfied patients as well as bad reviews. You need to consider the bad reviews you find.

These bad reviews could be a result of a professional’s incompetence, charging unfair prices for a dental procedure, and other information that helps you to avoid making an appointment with the wrong orthodontist.

Be sure to make a list of orthodontists whose services you’re considering. This helps you to narrow down your search to choose the best professional you feel is a good fit for the service you need.

Make Arrangements For a Free Consultation

Do not hesitate to meet with orthodontists. The orthodontists that you’re considering may offer a free consultation.

This gives you the advantage to gain more insight into their practice. During this meeting, the orthodontist may give you details about the dental technique for your braces, your treatment options, provide you with the costs associated with your procedure, and details about your payment options.

Don’t forget to ask questions about your dental procedure and pay attention to the way the orthodontist replies to your inquiries. This helps you to determine if you’re relying on a trustworthy and honest professional.

The information you get from the orthodontists you meet helps you to make an informed decision about the right professional you should choose.

Put On Your Best Smile

Finding the best orthodontist does not have to be a challenging process. A top orthodontic practice ensures you’re getting quality dentistry to help you achieve an attractive smile.

Would you like to find a reputable orthodontist? If you have the interest to connect with an excellent orthodontist that will surpass your dental needs, you can visit our website to learn more details.

Baby Braces: 7 Key Signs Your Child Needs Braces

Baby Braces: 7 Key Signs Your Child Needs Braces

In 2016, 84.6% of kids between the ages of 2-17 visited the dentist. While regular visits to the dentist are great, sometimes preventative cleanings are not enough.

It’s not unusual for kids to need baby braces. And there are many reasons to get braces because they can help prevent future problems and ensure your child has a great smile.

If you’re wondering whether or not your child needs braces, keep reading. We’re sharing with you seven signs your kid needs braces on baby teeth.

Signs Your Child Needs Baby Braces

Many parents wonder what age do kids get braces. There is no real answer since it depends on the situation and the child.

Most kids get braces after their permanent adult teeth have grown in. Typically, this is between the ages of 10-14.

However, kids as young as six and seven can also need braces on baby teeth. Getting them placed on their teeth earlier rather than later can help prevent additional problems from showing up as they age.

Why You Should Consider Getting Braces on Baby Teeth

While you may want to wait to get your child fitted with braces, waiting may cause additional problems such as:

  • Plaque build-up
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease

Other problems that can arise aren’t always related to their teeth. It’s not uncommon for people with a misaligned jaw to suffer from frequent headaches.

Why Healthy Baby Teeth Are Important

The health of your child’s teeth is important, whether they are baby teeth or permanent adult teeth. Your child’s baby teeth need to be healthy for the following reasons:

  • Baby teeth help your child speak clearly
  • Help maintain a normal facial appearance
  • Help set up your child for a lifetime of healthy permanent teeth by being kept clean and decay-free

Baby teeth also hold space for where the permanent teeth will go.

Do Not Pull Out Your Child’s Baby Teeth

While it may seem tempting and was probably not considered a big deal when you were a child, you should let your dentist pull out your child’s loose baby teeth.

Pulling it out yourself may damage the tooth’s roots. That can make it more difficult for the permanent teeth to grow in properly.

1. Unusual Loss of Baby Teeth

Typically, when a child loses a baby tooth, it’s a reason to celebrate and wait for the Tooth Fairy. But in cases where your child’s teeth are falling out too early or too late, they may have teeth that needs braces.

For teeth that fall out too early before their permanent teeth come in, other teeth may begin moving into those empty slots. And for teeth that fall out too late, adult teeth may already be trying to replace them.

2. They Sucked Their Thumb (or Fingers)

While some children suck their thumb or fingers may find it comforting, as they age, this may result in them needing braces on baby teeth. The habit of sucking on fingers or a thumb can place too much pressure on their teeth.

And it can also cause their front teeth to jut out, giving them buck teeth. One way to prevent this from being one of the reasons to get braces is to encourage your child to stop sucking their thumb.

3. A Misaligned Jaw

A kid needs braces if their jaw isn’t matching up correctly. And if it’s left unattended, it can cause crossbites, overbites, and underbites.

Teeth that aren’t properly aligned can also make it difficult for your child to chew. They may end up frequently biting their cheek or tongue.

4. Crowded and/or Crooked Teeth

You may already be able to spot for yourself that your child has teeth that needs braces. Especially if you can plainly see that their teeth are beginning to crowd together or even overlap with one another.

While it is possible that in some cases the new teeth coming in can cause the teeth to shift back into proper alignment, that’s not very typical.

Overcrowded Teeth Lead to Other Dental Issues

Also, crowding can also cause the following problems if left unattended:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Uncomfortable chewing and/or biting

And overcrowded teeth are harder to brush and floss properly, which can lead to excessive plaque which can lead to tooth decay.

5. Missing Teeth and Teeth That Never Ascended

Your kid needs braces if their adult teeth aren’t descending on their own. It may be that the baby tooth is still there.

It may be that the adult tooth just hasn’t grown in yet. Getting braces helps keep the other permanent teeth stay in their proper place so they can develop properly.

Meanwhile, the adult tooth that never descended into place is guided into its permanent place. Also, if there are any teeth that have shifted, this is the perfect time to straighten them out as well.

6. Problems With Their Bite

There are many problems with bites that can cause a child to need braces on baby teeth such as:


An underbite occurs when the lower jaw sits forward of the upper jaw.

Open Bites

When the upper and lower front teeth don’t touch.


Overbites happen when the upper front teeth stick out too far.

Deep Bites

Deep bites are when the top front teeth excessively overlap the bottom front teeth.

And these are just a few of the bite problems that may require your child to get braces.

7. Difficulty Biting or Chewing

Healthy mouths have aligned teeth that help with proper biting and chewing. If you notice that your child is struggling to bite into foods such as apples, they seem to have trouble chewing foods or if they’re complaining about feeling pain when they chew, they may have teeth that needs braces.

Grinding their teeth while they sleep is also a sign that their teeth may be out of alignment.

Braces will help correct those bite problems so that their teeth are perfectly aligned and are working as efficiently as possible.

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