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Get the Information You Need about Orthodontic Treatment

If you’ve never gone through orthodontic treatment yourself or this is your first child, you likely have a lot of questions about the process. It’s good to have all the information you need as this will ensure your child gets the most out of their treatment and fully achieves a straighter, healthier smile. The Toothzone Network in Fort Collins, CO has compiled a list of frequently asked questions on this page to give you all the important facts before your child begins treatment. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can also feel free to call us at any time to schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment.

When Should My Child Begin Orthodontic Treatment?

As recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics, children should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. At this age, dental professionals are already able to see whether there will be any serious bite problems in the future. Most often, treatment is not required at this time but gives the dentist ample time to watch the development of the child and make a plan for the best treatment when the time comes.

Why Does My Child Need Orthodontic Treatment at Such a Young Age?

The saying holds true in orthodontics, too: the sooner, the better. Many serious orthodontic problems, like those involving bite problems or jaw misalignment, can be easily fixed if the child is young enough that their skeleton is still growing and flexible. This allows the orthodontist to adjust treatment to make more room before permanent teeth erupt, giving them ample space and allowing them to come in straight. This also makes the last stage of treatment quicker and easier as braces will just be used to make final adjustments instead of correcting major problems. Orthodontic treatment is split into two phases, with the first phase starting when some of the primary teeth have not yet fallen out. The second phase will begin after all permanent teeth have erupted.

Why Do Teeth Become Crooked?

A number of factors can cause crooked teeth. Not enough jaw space, thumb sucking, the early loss of primary teeth, and tongue thrusting can all be reasons that teeth grow in crooked or become crooked after erupting.

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Move Teeth?

Teeth will naturally move in response to light pressure put on them by braces. Brackets are attached to the teeth and connected using a wire, gently pushing. Throughout the treatment, the wire will be changed to continually put new pressure on the teeth, guiding them into the correct position over time.

Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

Since teeth are under constant pressure, some discomfort may occur, especially immediately following the placement of a new wire. This usually subsides within 24 or 72 hours following the appointment. Over the counter pain, medicines can be taken to relieve the pain during this time.

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